A New Recommendation for Colon Cancer Screening Age May Be on the Horizon

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Judy Behm
Preventing Colorectal Cancer

The national guidelines recommended for colon cancer screening has been to start at age 50 and continue through age 75. New research studies as reported by US News Health  carried out by Erasmus University in the Netherlands and New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has shown there are benefits to screening after age 75 and not just for healthy patients.

According to the study’s’ findings someone who’s very healthy should consider colon cancer screening up to age 86 and even those in poor health could benefit from some form of screening up to age 80. It was suggested that although a colonoscopy was the best screening test up to age 83 a stool test was a better option for the 85 to 86 year old.