Must-read can­cer screen­ing news for women over 45

First For Women - - Health -

The rec­om­mended age to be­gin screen­ing for col­orec­tal can­cer is now 45—five years ear­lier than pre­vi­ously rec­om­mended, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers from the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety. Test op­tions for adults range from an­nual non­in­va­sive ex­ams (like stool tests) to vis­ual ex­ams (like a colonoscopy) ad­min­is­tered once ev­ery five to 10 years. The au­thors say the change was trig­gered by in­creas­ing rates of col­orec­tal can­cer in younger adults. They add that any change in bowel habits should be re­ported to a doc­tor.

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