Earlier Screenings Recommended
You’ve heard that early detection is key to preventing and surviving
certain cancers. This is especially true for
colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
Until recently, most physicians recommended that colorectal screenings
start at age 50, but just last month, the American Cancer Society changed
its advice and is recommending that screening begin at age 45. This is
because new data shows an increase in colorectal cancer among younger patients.
Possible reasons could be better detection, unhealthy diet, and higher
rates of obesity. But whatever the reason, early detection can save lives.
Talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blood in the stool
- Abdominal pain
- Change in bowel habits
- Sudden weight loss
Hopefully, you’ll get a clean bill of health at your next screening.
And remember, there are many things you can do to lower your risk of colorectal
cancer. Get regular exercise, watch your weight, eat a healthy diet, don’t
smoke, and limit your alcohol intake.