Current guidelines: Begin at age 45
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that all people at average risk begin getting checked at age 45. People at higher risk may need to be screened earlier. Ask your doctor about screening, as your ethnicity, lifestyle, and family history will impact when you should get checked.
In the U.S., approximately 10% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in individuals under age 50.
Young-onset rectal cancer incidence has increased at nearly two times the rate of young-onset colon cancer.
Researchers predict that by 2030, colorectal cancer will be the leading cause of cancer deaths in people ages 20-49.
Who is at higher risk?
The current guidelines recommend colorectal cancer screening to begin at age 45 for those at average risk.
What does that mean for people who are higher risk? And what exactly does "higher risk" mean?
Moving forward: What do we do now?
While lowering the colorectal cancer screening age from 50 to 45 was a significant change, continued support for research and advocacy is crucial.
Screening questions & answersColorectal Cancer Screening FAQ
Whether personally impacted by colorectal cancer (CRC), supporting a loved one, or dedicated to educating and empowering others, these downloadable and printable resources can help.
Initiative aims to reduce stigma and educate about screening choices, as the Colorectal Cancer Alliance launches a health equity fund to decrease disparities.
On the horizon are blood tests that have shown the ability to detect a variety of cancers including colorectal and rare cancers. Though these tests are still in development and are not yet approved by the FDA, clinical trials have shown impressive results.