Doctors Lower Age for Colorectal Cancer Screening
Check yourself. Citing “compelling evidence,” the American Cancer Society now suggests that adults begin testing for the slow-growing cancer at the age of 45 — five years under the current recommended age. Experts say the disease, which is the second-leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths, is striking younger adults twice as often in the past 25 years. “We just have to face reality,” says oncologist Richard Wender. He added that while researchers still don’t know why it’s increasing, obesity and poor diets are likely contributing factors.