Age 45 is now recommended as the time to start screening for colorectal cancer among all average-risk adults according to the American College of Gastroenterology and American Cancer Society. This is an important change from earlier guidelines that used to recommend starting at age 50 for most people and age 45 for African Americans only. Now “45 is the new 50” to start screening for everyone at average risk for colorectal cancer.
Do not put off needed health care, especially preventive tests. Remember, the most common symptom of early colon and rectal cancers is NO symptom, so it is important to get screened starting at age 45.
Fortunately, colorectal cancer is highly treatable if detected early. Colonoscopy is the only test that can prevent colorectal cancer, with its unique ability to remove polyps before they turn into cancer. Because it’s by far the best test at finding precancerous polyps it is the only screening test recommended at 10-year intervals.
The passing of actor Chadwick Boseman from colorectal cancer at the age of 43 demonstrates how important it is to screen early for colorectal cancer, even in the midst of a pandemic. Routine screening is safe and should not be delayed; colorectal cancer can be prevented and lives saved.
At University Gastroenterology, the health and wellbeing of our patients and staff are of the utmost importance to us. For those reasons, we are adhering to policies and safety standards outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and Digestive Health Physician’s Association (DHPA).
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has valuable information on its website about the importance of getting screened and the types of tests that are available to you. The staff at University Gastroenterology is also available to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call at 401.421.8800
Primary Care Physicians
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has resources on its website for primary care physicians, including the latest research information and a toolkit for your patients.
New Recommendations from ASGE and GI Societies
- Guidance for Resuming GI Endoscopy and Practice Operations »
- The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force (MSTF) on Colorectal Cancer—comprised of representatives from ASGE, ACG and AGA
Toolkit for Patients
Posters to Display in Your Office:
- Colonoscopy: THE Cancer Screening Test icon »
- Colorectal Cancer Screening: Which Test Should You Get? »
- Colorectal Cancer Screening: Colonoscopy or FIT-Fecal DNA Test »
Colonoscopy: THE Cancer Prevention Test