Did you know that 45 is the new 50 when it comes to colorectal cancer screenings? It's a move that can save lives!
One in 10 new colorectal cancer cases occur in people younger than age 50. That's why medical experts recommend you get your first colon cancer screening at age 45.
Here's more evidence the new start age is the right move for your health.
94% of new cases of colorectal cancer in adults 45 years or older.
55% increase in the occurrence of colorectal cancer since 1995 in people under the age of 50, according to the American Cancer Society.
Similar number of cases of advanced adenomas in patients age 45 to 49 compared with 50 to 54, as reported in the American Journal of Gastroenterology in January 2021.
An advanced adenoma is a precancerous polyp, or tissue growth, that is at higher risk to develop into colon cancer.
Why age matters
Adults in younger age groups may not know they are at risk for colorectal cancer. That's why it's important to talk with your healthcare provider about preventive screenings, like a colonoscopy.
The new guidelines mean you have no out-of-pocket costs for colorectal cancer screenings if you are age 45 and older. Another advantage – early detection of colorectal cancer gives you more options for treatment.
Colonoscopy – the gold standard for colorectal cancer prevention
A colonoscopy is the only test that allows your doctor to find and remove polyps during the same exam. That means removal of abnormal tissue before it grows into cancer.
Here's why a colonoscopy is the right choice to lower risk of colorectal cancer.
1 test to detect and remove polyps
1 hour exam that can detect signs of cancer early when more options for treatment are available
90% survival rate when cancer is found and treated early
10-year screening interval with a clean result
89% reduction in cancer incidences
100% coverage by insurance for preventive screenings
45 recommended age for first colonoscopy if at average risk
Talk to your doctor about a colorectal cancer screening.
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