My Patients Ask — When should I begin colorectal cancer screening?

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is now calling for colorectal cancer screening to begin earlier at 45.

The AP reported the USPSTF issued new recommendations, which were published in JAMA, calling for people to start colorectal cancer screening when they are 45, rather than 50.

The USPSTF said they made the change because the incidence of colorectal cancer is rising among younger adults.

Reuters reported the new “guidance is now aligned with that of the American Cancer Society, which in 2018 lowered its recommended age for routine colorectal cancer screening to 45 from 50.”

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