The American Cancer Society has new guidelines recommending earlier screenings for colorectal cancer, bumping the previously recommended age from 50, down to 45.
LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health founding Dean Dr. Elizabeth Fontham, says there’s been an alarming new trend.
“There were increases in the occurrence of colorectal cancer in young adults under the age of 55, and no one was getting screened under the age of 50.”
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. There are six different tests that screen for the disease, but one everyone knows.
“The good thing about a colonoscopy is that you can visualize the entire colon and rectum so you’re not missing anything visually.”
The American Cancer Society recommends the average adult undergo regular screening with any of the six testing options, with the hope more screenings would save lives.
“You can not only detect early cancer as well as late ones if you’ve waited to long to have your test but you can remove those polyps that are likely to turn into cancer.”
A colonoscopy is recommended once every ten years.