What to know about new colon cancer guidelines

The American Cancer Society is urging most people to start screening at age 45 instead of 50.
2:13 | 05/31/18

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Turning now to agma" health alert. The an cancer society is out withew screening idelines for colon cancer and N will break it all down tore us. What are theseommendations and why so important to get screened. Here's the thing, first of all we do expect these recommendations to be brought th some controversy like most cancer recommendations. Re's what'ehind it. In people under the age O 50 the rates of colorectal cancer are yrting up 51% and spoke to the people at meal sloan-kettering anddhey were of people in their 20s and 30s -- now, it is important to rest S occur over the age of 5 B they're watching th tren when you recommendreased testing you have to take INT account costs,er risks versusefs but the reason behind it is that we know that if you catch colon cancer early, that canees and let me show Y what mean. If you imaginehis as the colon, okay, tumor there, no polyp, no obstruction. When a cancer starts to grow, it has to get really, ry big to comply block off the lumen or inside O the intestine before sing symptoms so if you screenple with colonoscopy orerests you can catch it early. Do we know W the rates increasing. That's the thing. Terry, does it have something to do with diet and obesity? We know that there arether factors that increase the risk of col cancer, family history, certain genetic mutations. Polyp, inflammatory bowel disease, increased rat consion. First of all, I think when you talk about lowering risks there are certainleneral guidelines. Screening, dietary change, aspirin for some on the advice of their physician, genet testing F S and be aware ofsymptoms. Breakfast, T is what we should go for, ls of fiber. My favorit breakfast but this is best for the colon. Iiced that was over on your side. This is mvorite. DI you notice how I did that? I did notice at. All right, Jen, alw .

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