“45 Is The New 50” As Age For Colorectal Cancer Screening Is Lowered

“45 Is The New 50” As Age For Colorectal Cancer Screening Is Lowered

Ng is the director of the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Lowering the recommended age to initiate screening “will make colorectal cancer screening, which is so important, available to millions more people in the United States, and hopefully many more lives will be saved by catching colorectal cancer earlier, as well as by preventing colorectal cancer,” said Ng. The task force selected age 45 based on research showing that initiating screening at that age averted more early deaths than starting at age 50, with a relatively small increase in the number of colonoscopy complications. The accompanying JAMA editorial asked rhetorically whether the age of screening should be lowered even younger than age 45. Watch video: Dana-Farber’s Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH details the impact of the new colorectal cancer screening guidelines.

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