New guidelines developed by the American Cancer Society recommend that screening for colorectal cancer for average-risk adults begin at age 45, five years earlier than the previous recommendation. Co-authored by CPCRN investigator Carmen Guerra, MD, MS of the University of Pennsylvania, the recommendations are based in part on research that found an increased incidence of colorectal cancer in younger adults. The Guideline Committee also developed new materials to facilitate conversations between clinicians and patients to help patients decide which test is best for them.
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Citation: Wolf AMD, Fontham ETH, Church TR, Flowers CR, Guerra CE, LaMonte SJ, Etzioni R, McKenna MT, Oeffinger KC, Shih YT, Walter LC, Andrews KS, Brawley OW, Brooks D, Fedewa SA, Manassaram-Baptiste D, Siegel RL, Wender RC, Smith RA. Colorectal cancer screening for average-risk adults: 2018 guideline update from the American Cancer Society. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2018 May 30. DOI:10.3322/caac.21457.