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American Cancer Society lowers bowel screening age to 45

People age 45 and younger should start getting screened for colorectal cancers, the American Cancer Society is urging in its newly updated guidelines.” argues dailymail.co.uk. In light of this alarming trend, the American Cancer Society is now urging people 45 and over to get annual stool and blood exams, and, if necessary, a colonoscopy.Now, 10 percent of new colorectal cancer patients are younger than 50, according to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (CCA).Once thought to be diseases of old age, colorectal cancer rates have been falling among older people, but have increased by 51 percent in those under 50 since 1994.The US association has lowered the age it recommends Americans to get screened by five years amid surging rates of bowel cancers in young people.

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