New study suggests lower age when getting first colonoscopy
The rate of colon cancer among Americans spikes sharply between the ages of 49 and 50, a new study finds - supporting the case for earlier screening for the disease.
Researchers say the uptick between those two ages does not reflect an actual increase in the occurrence of colon cancer but the fact that screening for the disease has traditionally begun at age 50. So “latent” cancers that had been present for some time are caught at that age.
Experts said the findings could have implications for colon cancer screening recommendations, which at the moment are conflicting.
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