Task Force on Colorectal Cancer Recommends Colon Cancer Screening at 45
A Colorectal Cancer task force comprising of several gastroenterology organizations unveiled new screening recommendations this week. The new guidelines recommend screening for colorectal cancer start at age 45 instead of 50.
The age recommendation of 45 is in alignment with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society’s guidelines. A scientific article supporting the updated recommendation was published in the following journals for physicians:
- Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- The American Journal of Gastroenterology
By supporting the recommendation of starting colorectal cancer screenings at age 45, the Multi-Society Task Force (MSTF) believes lives will be saved. This is due to the fact that more people under age 50 are diagnosed with cancer than before and that colorectal cancer has a higher chance of treatment when it is found sooner.
It’s important to note that your insurance may not cover colonoscopies or other screening types if you are between 45 and 50. We recommend calling your insurance provider to find out if you are covered. If not, we recommend asking them to review the new guidelines from the MSTF, the US Preventive Services Task Force, and the American Cancer Society.
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