Colorectal cancer screening guidelines update: What you should know

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Experts now recommend screenings begin at 45

The U.S. Preventive Task Force has lowered its recommended age of beginning regular colorectal cancer screenings, now advising the screening to begin at 45.

This is down from age 50.

Screening procedures include colonoscopies and stool-based screenings.

The change now finalizes the suggested starting age for the screenings the group announced in the fall of 2020, with experts saying this move could save thousands of lives.

One of the most common forms of cancer, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The finalized guideline change was recently published in the Journal of the American Medicine Association, and it comes after a review by an independent panel of national experts in evidence-based medicine.


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