Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Get Screened Earlier for Colon Cancer; Where to Get Tested in Brooklyn

Get Screened Earlier for Colon Cancer; Where to Get Tested in Brooklyn

The new guideline comes because of the sharp increase in the number of colorectal cancer deaths. "If you're at greater risk for colon cancer, talk to your provider about being screened at an earlier age", continued Weigel.

Colon Cancer tests should begin at age 45 instead of 50.

"If we find it in later stages, survival is less than 20%", McFadden explained.

According to the new guidelines, you are more likely to get colon cancer if you are 45 or older; had colon cancer or polyps previously, or if you have a family history of colon cancer; do not exercise regularly; are obese; drink alcohol or smoke.

He says while most people are squeamish about a stool screening card, it could help save your life.

The ACS said the importance of patient choice in screening options was one of the bases for the recommendation as well as reducing incidence and mortality rates. That change has been attributed to healthy lifestyle changes and more widespread screening. It's a polyp. And nearly all colorectal cancers develop from polyps.

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"Any screening is better than no screening for colon cancer", said Weigel.

As the ACS researchers explained in the paper announcing the new screening guidelines, the rise in cases of colon and rectal cancers can not simply be explained by the fact that more cases are being found because screening is more common.

"I think traditionally physicians on the front lines have not necessarily though of colon or rectal cancer as the first thing that pops in their mind, so maybe those patients aren't getting colonoscopy soon enough", said Dr. Lou.

Additionally, one of the tenets of screening is accessibility, and having six options means six delivery vehicles for early detection, which is also important with the increasing numbers of those needing screening. The updated recommendations are published early online in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Every five years, a person could do a computed tomography colonography test (like a CAT scan) or a flexible sigmoidoscopy scan (essentially using a tube with a light and camera on it).

"It's imperative they follow up because about half the time, patients don't follow up with screening even when they've been recommended", Dwyer said. People with a family history should begin screening sooner.

The researchers' new modeling study was an extension of analyses conducted for the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, and it assessed the potential risk and benefit of various colorectal screening strategies among black and white men and women in the United States.

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