Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. It accounts for nearly 10% of all cancer deaths. This cancer is treatable if detected at stage one. Therefore, regular colon cancer screening is the best way to prevent it. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released an updated guideline for colorectal cancer screening.
The following are the new guidelines as per the new recommendations by the ACS:
The new recommended guidelines also include colorectal cancer screening tests. These include stool-based tests and visual exams in the frequencies given below.Stool-based tests:
It is strongly advised that everyone talk to their health care provider about which tests may be good options for them.Guidelines for those at higher than average risk
The new guideline recommends that people with higher risk should start colorectal cancer screening before age 45. In addition, higher risk people should be screened more often and get specific tests. People at higher or increased risk are those with:
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