Colon & Rectal Cancer Screenings: American Cancer Society Updates Screening Guidelines by Dr. Shayna Mancuso

5 years ago

Colon & Rectal Cancer Screenings: American Cancer Society Updates Screening Guidelines

The American Cancer Society (ACS) updated their guidelines for colon and rectal cancer screening. For average-risk individuals, screening is now to take place at age 45 (instead of at age 50, as previously advised.) ACS researchers have noticed a steep rise in the incidence of colorectal cancer among younger adults. The majority of those affected were between the ages of 40 and 49.

Although more studies will be conducted, researchers suggest that factors such as sedentary lifestyle, obesity, environmental exposures and certain processed foods may contribute to this rising incidence. Physicians may offer their patients six different screening options. A few of these tests may include:

  • lab tests performed on stool samples
  • multi-target stool DNA test
  • virtual colonoscopy or CT colongraphy
  • direct visualization via a colonoscopy

Additionally, always be mindful of your family history and determine if you have factors that may place you in a high-risk category for colorectal cancer. Please see your doctor if you notice any change in your bowel habits or blood in your stool at any stage in your life. For more information, visit

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Donna John
We have a very dear friend who was given two years to live almost four years ago because his colon cancer had spread. MD Anderson has taken really good care of him and he's still with us. I will be 50 this year, and plan on scheduling my colonoscopy. Such important information to share, Dr. Shayna Mancuso .
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
Yes, Donna John it is time to be checked! It’s truly not as bad as everyone suspects.
... and to your dear friend .. Here’s to many more years of improved health!
Janie Hollingsworth
Thank you for the reminder! Something we can't ignore!
Thank you for bringing attention to such an important issue. Early detection is the key!

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