As Cancer Incidence Changes, So Do Screening Recommendations

Five years ago, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommended that patients at average risk of colorectal cancer start getting screened at age 50. However, in recent years, cancer incidence has changed, with a growing incidence seen in patients under age 50. Reflecting this change, ACS changed the recommended sceening age to 45 in May 2018.

Five years ago, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommended that patients at average risk of colorectal cancer start getting screened at age 50. However, in recent years, cancer incidence has changed, with a growing incidence seen in patients under age 50. Reflecting this change, ACS changed the recommended sceening age to 45 in May 2018.

The change stemmed from researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center, who published a study taking into account the new numbers of young colorectal cancer patients and concluded that the screening age should be adjusted. During this podcast, we speak with Andrea (Andi) Dwyer, director of the Colorado Cancer Screening Program at the CU Cancer Center and program director at the Colorado School of Public Health.

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