Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Earlier colorectal screening advised but check insurance

Earlier colorectal screening advised but check insurance

But when the research team "saw data pointing to a persistent trend of increasing colorectal cancer in young adults. we made a decision to reevaluate the age to initiate screening in all USA adults", says Richard C. Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Cedrek McFadden is a physician with GHS.

The new guidelines also call for, in some cases, to continue screening through age 85, rather than stopping at age 75. A CT scanner uses high-tech, low-dose X-rays to generate 3-D, moving images of the colon that doctors examine for polyps and signs of cancer.

Smith isn't alone. The American Cancer Society says more young Americans are being diagnosed with colon cancer, which is why they lowered the recommendation age for screenings from 50 to 45. "If someone has early stage cancer, the chance of cure with surgery is very high", said O'Neil.

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Dr. Anthony says if you have symptoms like bleeding, changes in bowel habits, or abdominal pain, you should be screened right away, no matter your age.

Experts say this is one of the few cancers that can be prevented with screening.

The good news is that patient's don't necessarily need an invasive colonoscopy at 45, just the screening will suffice in order to see if further tests should be done. That's because most screening studies have included only adults 50 and older. But there has been a 51 percent increase in colorectal cancer among those under 50 since 1994. The American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued a statement of its own, highlighting the benefits of virtual colonoscopy, an ACS-approved colorectal cancer screening method.

The ACS didn't recommend one specific test, since a general recommendation for screening with different options is more likely to be followed.

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Colorectal cancer, which includes both colon and rectal cancers, is the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

Earlier detection can make all the difference.

According to Weigel, there are several options for getting screened, including a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). Every five years, a person could do a computed tomography colonography test (like a CAT scan) or a flexible sigmoidoscopy scan (essentially using a tube with a light and camera on it).

Exact Sciences Chief Executive Officer Kevin Conroy said Cologuard is a cheaper way to screen younger people. The reason the rates are rising "is the million-dollar question", he said, noting that factors may include increasing rates of obesity, a lack of exercise and the consumption of processed foods. He believes, eventually, the recommended age will be even younger.

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