This week, the American Cancer Society (ACS) issued new recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. According to the new guidelines, people at average risk for colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 45, rather than the previous recommendation of 50. Additional changes include updates to colorectal cancer screening test option guidelines.
These updated recommendations are based on a major analysis of existing colorectal cancer data conducted by researchers from the ACS suggesting new cases of colorectal cancer in younger adults are increasing. The researchers also analyzed colorectal cancer screening tests, examining technological advances, test sensitivity, and benefits and risks of tests used to screen for colorectal cancer.
According to the ACS, the new guidelines emphasize personal preference for testing, support follow-up tests for abnormal results, and are expected to save lives. The updated recommendations were published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.