By the Numbers: Colon cancer screenings should begin at age 45

Screenings for colon cancer, the second leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths, should begin at age 45, not 50, according to a task force.
1:14 | 05/19/21

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Now two major change in the guidelines for colon cancer screening that experts are hailing as life saving we take a look by the numbers. 45 years old that's when people of average risk for colon cancer should start getting screened instead of fifteen which was the previous standard according to United States preventive services task force. This change also means that millions of younger Americans will pay zero dollars for screening since insurance coverage is timed to the task force's recommendations. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of US cancer deaths but it's also one of the most treatable and curable cancers if it's caught early. Nearly 53000. People in the US who died of colon cancer in 20/20 one of cording to the task force projections. We of course remember actor Chadwick those men who was just 43 years old when he died of colon cancer back in August. In fact black Americans are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer than white Americans and 40% more likely to die from it. And finally by the year 2030. Colorectal cancer is on track to nearly double as two times and people under the age of fifty according to the dean of Farber cancer institute. But experts hope that the new guidelines we'll help reverse that trend.

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