Here’s what most medical experts agree on: People 50 and older should be screened for colon cancer.
Here’s what is more controversial: Whether that screening should start, routinely, at age 45.
Recently, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommended that colon cancer screenings start at age 45. Their recommendation was based in large part on an uptick in the number of people 45-50 years old who are being diagnosed with colon cancer in the last couple of decades, a 22% increase.
But the ACS recommendation might be recommending more cancer screening than the American public needs. In an op-ed in the Annals of Internal Medicine, three physicians raise important concerns about this new screening recommendation.
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