The American Cancer Society now says to screen for colorectal cancer at age 45

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) has lowered its recommended starting age for colorectal cancer screening to 45. Patients that are at average risk can start with a high- sensitivity, stool-based test.

The need to reach more patients

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About one in three people 50 years of age or older say they haven’t been screened for colon cancer, shows a national poll by the Colon Cancer Alliance and Quest Diagnostics.

Continuing Medical Education Opportunity

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Diagnostic advances in colorectal cancer screening. Leave this site and access a CME activity on colorectal cancer, sponsored by, but developed independently of Quest Diagnostics.

References

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, June 2016. https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/ Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/colorectal-cancer-screening

 

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American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Early Detection 2018. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society. 2018.

 

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Recommendation from the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. Am. J Gastroenterology. 2017.