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US task force proposes starting colorectal cancer screening at age 45

October 27, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The US Preventive Services Task Force -- the nation's leading panel for medical guidance -- is considering a draft recommendation to lower the recommended screening age for colon and rectal cancers to 45.

(CNN)The US Preventive Services Task Force -- the nation's leading panel for medical guidance -- is considering a draft recommendation to lower the recommended screening age for colon and rectal cancers to 45.

"This new draft recommendation -- and we're seeking feedback -- is that all adults ages 45 to 75 should get screened for colorectal cancer and, perhaps selectively so, in some people older than that, ages 76 to 85, depending on their overall health and their pattern ofscreening in the past," Dr. Michael Barry, a member of the task force, told CNN on Monday.

"Apparently, the US Preventive Services Task Force now has revisited all of the available data out there -- and they've done the modeling studies that go into how they craft and decide on these guidelines -- and have now determined that indeed with new emerging data about how much this is increasing in young people, it now does make sense and will likely lead to great benefit to start screening at age 45," said Dr. Kimmie Ng, a medical oncologist and director of the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston.

Ng, who was not involved in the Task Force recommendations, emphasized that there are also racial disparities in the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer -- where Black adults are more likely to get the disease at a younger age and more likely to die from the disease -- and screening early might help close that racial gap.

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