For the past two decades, doctors have told Americans at average risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) to have a colonoscopy at age 50. But recently the American Cancer Society (ACS) changed its guideline and now recommends age 45 as the starting point for routine colon cancer screening.
Why this change? The American Cancer Society points to increased rates of colon cancer among patients under 50. Regardless of screening guidelines, it’s important to talk to your doctor (at any age) about your individual risk factors for colorectal cancer. In the meantime, here are some key points to know about this new screening recommendation.