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New data support lowering screening age to 45 for colorectal cancer


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Gastroenterology
Reuters Health - 13/01/2022 - A new study confirms an increasing incidence of young-onset precancerous colorectal neoplasia among adults younger than age 50 and supports updated recommendations to start colorectal cancer (CRC) screening at age 45 for all average-risk individuals, researchers say.  "Colon cancer used to be considered a disease of old age, and that is no longer true. The data confirm what we have been seeing in the clinic - that 45 is now the new 50," Dr. Steven Itzkowitz of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, said in a news release.  "Our findings also suggest that messaging aimed at young individuals should begin in t...


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