New Report Recommends Colon Screening at age 45

| lafocus | , , ,

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine—is officially recommending that the screening for colorectal cancer be lowered from 50 to 45 to reduce the risk of colon cancer deaths.

      Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Despite strong evidence that screening for colorectal cancer is effective, about a quarter of people ages 50 to 75 have never been screened. “Unfortunately, not enough people in the U.S. receive this effective preventive service that has been proven to save lives,” says Task Force chair Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H. “We hope that this recommendation to screen people ages 45 to 75 for colorectal cancer will encourage more screening and reduce people’s risk of dying from this disease.”

      Black adults get colorectal cancer more often than other populations and are more likely to die from this disease. The Task Force recognizes this disproportionate risk and encourages clinicians to offer recommended colorectal cancer screening to their Black patients beginning at age 45.

      In August, Chadwick Boseman died at the age of 43 from colorectal cancer and while his cancer was diagnosed in his late thirties, experts believe the new recommendation will save lives. 49% of young onset colorectal patients are 43-49 years old.

      Fact is, while the rates for colon and rectal cancer have been declining in adults over 50, they have been rising in adults under 50 who—like Boseman—are more likely to be diagnosed in stage III or IV, when the disease is harder to treat.

      “New science about colorectal cancer in younger people has enabled us to expand our recommendation to screen all adults starting at age 45, especially Black adults who are more likely to die from this disease,” says Task Force member Michael Barry, M.D.

      The most common colon cancer signs and symptoms are:

            Blood in your stool

            Change in bathroom habits

            Fatigue

            Anemia

            Unexplained weight loss

            Persistent cramps or low back pain

            Feeling bloated



More Coverage

Hundreds of Compton Residents Chosen for Guaranteed Income Program

Dianne Lugo Compton has joined in participating in a successful program to grant some of its residents a guaranteed i…

Pastor Tyron Robinson Named to Succeed Bishop Paul Morton

Staff Last year, nationally renowned pastor and gospel singer Bishop Paul S. Morton announced he would step down as s…

New Fund Will Grant $10,000 to Struggling Local Business Owners

Staff More relief for local Los Angeles small business owners is on the way. A new fund, the LA Regional COVID Fund, …

Probe Into Prison Deaths Ends Up Uncovering $8 Billion in Untracked State Money

Aldon Thomas Stiles | California Black Media What started out as an investigation into inmate deaths in some of Calif…

Despite Massively Successful Fundraising Efforts, Community Group Fails to Purchase Crenshaw Mall

Dianne Lugo The saga of the historic Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza ownership continues with local Black community orga…

Hollywood Blvd Business Owners Will File Criminal Charges Against Protesters for Property Damage During Breonna Taylor Demonstration

By Stephen Oduntan Shattered glass dotted the pavement. Evidence of vandalism after violent confrontations between Lo…

A Call to Stop Hate: Asian Americans & Allies Held Vigil Demanding an End to Violence & Racism

By Stephen Oduntan A Black Lives Matter – South Pasadena activist came together with the San Gabriel Valley community…

Los Angeles County Announces Emergency COVID-19 Rental Relief Program

Staff The one-year anniversary of Los Angeles’ COVID-19 shutdown has come and gone, and for many, the ensuing financi…

Latest Politics

“Police Reform and Personal Responsibility”

One Down, Three to Go: How Will Chauvin Verdict Factor in Trials of Three Remaining Officers Charged in Death of George Floyd

California Elected Officials, Civic Leaders React to George Floyd Verdict

Derek Chauvin Chooses Not to Testify in His Defense [Video]

Judge Throws Out Joe Collins Lawsuit Against Maxine Waters


© Copyright 2021 - LA Focus Newspaper