New Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening

30 May 2018 – The American Cancer Society (ACS) now recommends that adults with a normal risk for colon cancer get their first screening at age 45, instead of 50. The new guidelines were prompted by an ACS study released last year, which found that colon and rectal cancer rates among Americans between the ages of 20 and 54 have been steadily increasing since the mid-1990s. In its series of studies on rural health last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nonmetropolitan counties had higher rates of incidence and death from cancers that can be prevented by screening. Read more