Colorectal cancer ‘no longer’ disease of old age, data supports lowered screening age

Colorectal cancer ‘no longer’ disease of old age, data supports lowered screening age

Increased incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer and precancerous polyp diagnoses among patients at a younger age supported the recommendation for CRC screening at age 45 for all average risk individuals, according to a study.“We have known for many years that rates of colorectal cancer are rising in individuals younger than 50, prompting several medical organizations to recommend lowering the screening age from 50 to 45. What has been missing until now is confirmatory data of the prevalence of precancerous polyps in younger individuals,” Steven H. Itzkowitz, MD, FACP, FACG,Read More

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