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When It Comes to Colonoscopies, 45 is the New 50!

Do You Know the Newest Screening Guidelines?

Did you know that 45 is the new 50 when it comes to getting a colonoscopy? For decades, the American Cancer Society has recommended that adults who are at average risk for colorectal cancer start having regular colonoscopies at age 50. Recently, however, that recommendation has changed. The newest guideline is that colorectal cancer screenings should begin at age 45.

Why the change? Cases of colorectal cancer are on the rise among young and middle- age people. From 2008 to 2017 deaths of people under age 55 have increased one percent each year even though the number of colorectal cancer cases has declined steadily during that same time period.

Average-risk adults in good health should continue colorectal cancer screening through age 75. Colonoscopies should be performed every 10 years unless your medical provider recommends more frequent testing. People with a higher risk of colorectal cancer, such as a family history, should consult their medical provider to determine the best age to start screening.

In addition to colorectal care, Southwest Health’s Digestive Diseases Center is a specialty care unit that is devoted entirely to diagnosing and treating all disorders and conditions that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Our board-certified gastroenterologists are world-class medical practitioners with years of experience who have been extensively trained in GI tract disorders. From heartburn and indigestion to irritable bowel, liver diseases, pancreatitis and much more, we’ve got you covered!

Click here to learn more about the Digestive Diseases Center.

The bottom line? A screening for colorectal cancer could save your life! So, if it’s time to take a look, Southwest Health is here to help!

For more information about colorectal screenings please call 601-249-4710