Why Did the Screening Age for Colon Cancer Change?

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The American Cancer Society has recently lowered its guidelines regarding colon cancer screening. It is now recommended that people should start getting screened at age 45 instead of at 50. Research has showed that people are getting colon cancer at younger and younger ages within the U.S. While there is no direct cause associated with this increase, the trend is clear enough to warrant a shift in the age guidelines.

1 Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. There are an estimated 97,220 new cases of colon cancer in 2018. Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 22 (4.49%) for men and 1 in 24 (4.15%) for women.

Lower your risk of colon cancer

Unfortunately, you cannot prevent colon cancer. You can, however, take steps to lower your risk.

Here are a few tips to help lower your risk:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Have a diet high in vegetables, fruits and wholegrains
  • Avoid excess alcohol
  • Stop smoking
  • Most importantly, get tested if you’re age 45+

What are symptoms of colon cancer?

  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Blood in the stool
  • Abdominal cramping
  • A change in the shape of the stool, diarrhea, constipation
  • A change in bowel habits, or the feeling you need to make a bowl movement but there is none

If you notice any symptoms, go to your doctor for a checkup.


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Source: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer is the second most common cause of US Cancer deaths.  Early stages of Colorectal Cancer have no signs or symptoms.  Warning signs usually indicate more advanced progress of the disease and can include rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, cramping in the lower abdomen and blood in the stool.

What should you do? Talk to your doctor at your annual check up to see if a simple stool test at home is the right screening for you.  Beginning at the age of 50, those with no symptoms should consider Colonoscopy every 10 years.  Talk to your doctor about the right method for screening for you!  You can do your part to prevent colorectal cancer.  Prevention of colorectal cancer includes physical activity for 30 minutes most days of the week, limit intake of high saturated fat foods, eliminate tobacco use, limit alcohol intake and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Visit www.cancer.org for more information.