People with higher than average or increased risks are encouraged to be screened before 45, be screened more often, and/or get specific tests. "Whichever way we can get a patient to get tested for this cancer is the right one to do", said Dr. Anthony.
While cases like his have risen dramatically in the past two decades, colorectal cancer rates have steadily declined in people over 55 because of screening.
While rates have remained stable for blacks under 50 - a group whose rates have traditionally been higher than whites - they have increased for whites under 50.
Research shows that adults born around 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer than adults born around 1950, who have the lowest risk, said the report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society announced the new guideline for average-risk people on Wednesday.
Doctors aren't sure why colorectal cancers are increasing in younger adults. "So it's preventative, not just early diagnosis", she said, adding that she thinks the risks of screening younger outweigh the benefits. But not everyone agrees with a starting age of 45.
"Insurers should recognize the new American Cancer Society Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines and provide full coverage for virtual colonoscopy and the other ACS-recommended screening exams for beneficiaries ages 45 and older", Yee said in the same statement. "The stigma is that this is a disease of older people and that is definitely changing".
But overall, few outlets challenged the narrative that more lives would be saved with an earlier start to screening and that the benefits would outweigh the harms.
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The recommended options for colorectal cancer screening are: fecal immunochemical test (FIT) annually; high sensitivity guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (HSgFOBT) annually; multi-target stool DNA test (mt-sDNA) every 3 years; colonoscopy every 10 years; CT colonography (CTC) every 5 years; and flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS) every 5 years.
Colonoscopies need to start earlier, according to the American Cancer Society.
Researchers with the cancer society found a 51 percent increase in colorectal cancer among those under the age of 50 since 1994.
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After surgery more than six years ago, DeBord continues chemo on a weekly basis.
Colorectal cancer, which includes both colon and rectal cancers, is the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
Kenny Lin, MD, MPH, professor of clinical family medicine at Georgetown University, offered a counterpoint to predictions that the new guidance would save lives.
The updated guidelines come on the heels of what seems to be a rise in colorectal cancer among younger adults.