Healthy Living: Colon Cancer Increase

Colonoscopies and cancer screening are recommended for people who turn 50 and, as a result, colon and rectal cancers have been declining for decades among older adults.     

Now, a new study from the American Cancer Society shows an ominous trend: a sharp increase in colon and rectal cancer in younger Americans.

Without any symptoms or family history, colorectal cancer screening are still recommended beginning at age 50 and continuing until age 75.

The chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society says the new data will be examined by an independent guidelines group to determine whether a change in those recommendations is warranted.

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