A deadly trend in new colon cancer deaths is prompting a shift of thinking.
The American Cancer Society is updating its screening guidelines for colorectal cancer. It now recommends that you begin screening at age 45 if you're at average risk, instead of waiting until 50. The ACS believes lowering the age will help save lives. People born in the 80s and 90s now have double the risk for developing cancer of the colon and four times the risk for developing cancer of the rectum compared to older generations.
Its decision is based on data showing that new cases of colorectal cancer are increasing in younger adults. Those at highest risk include people with a family history of colorectal cancer or a personal history of polyps, plus African-Americans and Alaska natives.