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02 June 2018, 03:29 | Melissa Porter
Colorectal cancer screenings should start at 45, new guidelines say
"There's no way I would've ever imagined being here at 35", Michael Fiske said.
Media personality Katie Couric, a longtime advocate in the fight against colon cancer, applauded the move.
"Think of it this way", Dwyer says, "if screening started at age 20, you'd have maximum benefit but also a huge burden".
"Fight Colorectal Cancer commends the American Cancer Society's leadership announcing a significant change in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines for average-risk patients from 50 years of age to 45". "The best colorectal screening test is the one that gets done". Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) has been following and supporting research efforts examining early-age colorectal cancer for many years.
In just the last few years, Church also co-authored two other guidelines one for breast cancer screenings and one for lung cancer screenings. "Colorectal cancer is really reaching into younger and younger populations".
"People born in the eighties and nineties are at higher risk of developing colon cancer, particularly rectal cancer, than people born when I was born back in the fifties".
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on colon cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. "Whether it's 45 or 50, the most important thing is for people to get screened and keep screening".
The organization says it's seen an increase in young people getting colon cancer recently.
"All of these tests are good tests, and the choice should be offered to patients", said the cancer society's Dr.
"We're finding people that are marathon runners, people that are vegetarians, people that do everything right, and they're still being diagnosed as having colon cancer in their 40's", he said. Cologuard is not for everyone; not for high risk individuals, including those with a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of colorectal cancer or advanced adenoma, IBD and certain hereditary syndromes.
Breedlove said she's heartened by the change but believes the guideline should go even lower. According to the ACS's updated screening guidelines, among adults younger than 55 years, there was a 51 percent increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer from 1994 to 2014 and an 11 percent increase in mortality from 2005 to 2015.
Regular screening should continue until age 75, and "clinicians should discourage individuals over 85 from continuing colorectal cancer screening", because the risk of complications outweighs the benefits at that age, said the report.
Screening is generally done routinely every ten years.
In a young person, Cercek noted, gastrointestinal symptoms likely stem from an infection or other non-cancerous condition.
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