Early Screening For Colon Cancer Could Save Lives

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Cancer society officials acknowledge the shift to 45 could cause confusion for doctors and patients but felt strongly that they needed to act now.

The new recommended starting age is based on colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence rates, results from microsimulation modeling that demonstrate a favorable benefit-to-burden balance of screening beginning at age 45, and the expectation that screening will perform similarly in adults ages 45 to 49 as it does in adults for whom screening is now recommended (50 and older). Experts aren't sure why there has been a 50 percent increase in cases since 1994. But in recent years, rates of colon and especially rectal cancers have started to rise among a younger demographic.

"You just have to get over it. But, it's a little bit surprising that more people below the age of 50 are getting a diagnosis of colon cancer".

Dr. Jay Lee, Kaiser Permanente internal medicine physician, said he's seen patients in their early 40s and late 30s diagnosed with colon cancer without even family histories of the ailment.

Shah was Kyrkostas' third doctor and the first to give him hope. After four years of treatment, including 12 rounds of chemotherapy and nine surgeries, he is now disease-free.

The ACS's new guidelines suggest that all healthy adults should start getting screened for colon and rectal cancers at age 45 instead of 50 and continue doing so through at least age 75. As a result, testing could be offered earlier or more often in groups of people at risk (risk-adapted screening).

"A high risk would be somebody with a family history of colon cancer, or somebody who has a certain genetic condition, or you have a certain kind of inflammatory bowel disease", he said on "CBS This Morning".

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"There are now up to 6 different types of screening methods, some of which are as minimally invasive as checking for blood in stool on a frequent basis, some of them are MRI or CT, others could be invasive up to the point of a colonoscopy", says Dr. Matthiesen.

Annual test options include two that can be done from home - for those, people collect a stool sample and send it in to be tested (the scientific names are a fecal immunochemical test and a high-sensitivity, guaiac-based fecal occult blood test). Members of both groups are less likely to get screened.

But he noted that younger people are also at increased risk. It updated its colon cancer guidelines in 2016 and its next review isn't expected until around 2021.

Colorectal screening should now begin at age 45, rather than age 50. But she also pointed out that colorectal cancer rates are rising rapidly in adults younger than 45 and urged people to seek medical attention promptly if they experience "persistent and concerning gastrointestinal symptoms". MTI has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with ADL giving them the exclusive licensing and distribution rights to bring PolypDx™ into the U.S. market. Diet? Something in the environment? What I think is really interesting is the possibility it's the microbiome - so the trillions of bacteria that are in our gut.

"It is the only one of those tests that actually prevents cancer". But one organization recommends changing when that is done. For adults ages 76 to 85, doctors should base their recommendations on patient preferences, life expectancy, health, and the results of prior screening.

According to the ACS, there's still a "strong recommendation" that adults begin screening at age 50.

Dr. Andrew Wolf, the lead author of the latest guidelines, said they considered and rejected that reasoning.

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