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Very low colonoscopy rate, despite rise in colon cancer for 40-49 year olds

Posted On: Mar. 2, 2023 10:01 AM CST

Only 2% of Americans 45 years old and older have gotten their first colonoscopy on time, a new survey shows, yet 59% say they are worried about getting colon cancer, reports Becker’s Hospital Review. Forty-five is the recommended age to begin regular colorectal cancer screenings, according to the American Cancer Society. What concerns physicians is that for multiple years, researchers have seen an increase of nearly 15% in instances of colorectal cancer in adults between the ages 40 and 49.