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Risk-adapted starting ages proposed for colorectal cancer screening in diabetics


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PLoS Medicine
Reuters Health - 13/11/2020 – New evidence based on registry data suggests that in diabetic patients, colorectal cancer (CRC) screening should be initiated based on age, sex and family history. "Our study shows that diabetic patients should undergo colorectal cancer screening about five years earlier than the general population, as the incidence of colorectal cancer in young adults is increasing," Dr. Mahdi Fallah of the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg told Reuters Health by email. Although more research is definitely warranted, he said "one may not (want to) wait until more lengthy (studies) are completed. We would recommend taking advantage of this available information right now, especially in the context that some cancer societies, like the American Cancer Society, have issued a qualified recommendation for the general population to start colorectal cancer screening at age 45." (


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