Research shows that colorectal cancer rates are on the rise in both men and women under the age of 50.
The American Cancer Society is recommending that colorectal cancer screenings begin at age 45 rather then at age 50.
Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer related deaths.
Age is not the only factor that can puts you at risk.
“You might say well who’s at high risk-by definition high is male gender, anyone who smokes. Anyone who is overweight, diabetics, African Americans, anybody with cystic fibrosis and Alaskan Americans are a group that are at very high incidences of colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Ira Michael a gastrologist with Trinity Health
If you’re interested in being screened before age 50 contact your provider first to get the screening approved- or you could risk paying out of pocket.