Colon Cancer Screenings are Now Advised at Age 45

Leading health organizations now suggest starting colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings at 45 instead of 50 due to a rise in cases among younger people.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) disclosed in 2020 that nearly 12% of CRC cases were in individuals below the age of 50. Those diagnosed before turning 50 often had a more severe stage of the disease.

Colorectal cancer ranks as the second most deadly cancer in the U.S., yet is one of the easiest to prevent with timely checks. The ACS states that around 60% of all colon cancer deaths could be avoided if everyone aged 45 and above opted for a screening.

The American Cancer Society anticipates over 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, and over 52,000 will succumb to it. However, identifying and removing precancerous polyps through colonoscopy can prevent it.

There are various CRC screening options, but colonoscopy remains the gold standard. It’s unique in its ability to detect and avert colon cancer. A 2019 survey found that colonoscopy was the top choice for most patients, with 96.9% of gastroenterologists and 75.7% of primary care providers recommending it.

Make Colon Cancer Screening a Priority

For those aged 45 and up, it’s crucial to prioritize colon cancer screenings. Detecting CRC early, before it advances, has a five-year survival rate of around 90%.

Early screenings are lifesavers. Don’t put off your check-up or colonoscopy. Call Sonoran Endoscopy today.