All About Cancer · Colon Cancer

YOU SHOULD START COLON CANCER SCREENING AT 40, NOT 50

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New guidelines by The American Cancer Society for colon and rectal cancer screening suggest that adults should get colon cancer screen at 40. The reason for this newly updated guidelines is that statistics have shown more and more young people developing this disease.

“In people born more recently, they’re at four times the risk for rectal cancer than people born in the ’50s (at the same age), for example, and double the risk of colon cancer,” chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society, Dr. Richard Wender, said.

Some of the factors that contribute to the rising incident are sedentary lifestyles, environmental exposures and diets high in processed foods, which comes as no surprise.

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