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Illustration by Sydney Rae Hass for TIME
By Jamie Ducharme

May 30, 2018

 

Millions of Americans may book an extra doctor’s appointment this year, thanks to updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The ACS is now recommending that adults at average risk of colorectal cancer begin regular screenings at age 45, rather than the previous standard of age 50. The change was informed by research from ACS scientists, who found last year that cancers of the colon and rectum are occurring at increasing rates among young and middle-aged adults. Studies have shown that roughly one in seven colon cancer patients is younger than 50.

People with a strong family history of colorectal cancers, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or certain other risk factors may need to begin testing even earlier than age 45, the ACS said. High-risk individuals may also need to get tested more often than other people. (The recommended frequency of tests varies depending on type; some stool tests, for example, should be completed annually, while a colonoscopy may only be needed once a decade.)

Screening for cancers and other chronic diseases can be a fraught topic, as experts often disagree about when these tests should begin. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently changed its guidelines around mammograms, for example, and there’s argument about whether these tests, and those for other cancers, are effective at all.

Ultimately, when it comes to colorectal cancers, like most chronic diseases, all decisions about how, when and how frequently to screen should be based on personalized conversations between individuals and their physicians, the ACS said.

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11-Apr-2011 – Bowel Screening!!

11-Apr-2011 – Bowel Screening!!

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Black Humour to the fore:
I was amused today to receive an intriguing envelope in the post today which when opened contained a self help kit for Bowel Screening.

DIY Bowel Cancer Kits are a regular mailing in Wales & Monmouthshire!

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I was surprised to find that not only is this folder of, quite literally, bumf (spelt thus as it was an acronym emanating originally from Oxford, as I recall, for ‘Bum Fodder’) entirely bi lingual English and Welsh but the entire back page is dedicated to offering to mail out the entire ‘thingee’ in 15 other languages:
Information leaflets now available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Chinese (Traditional), Gujarati, Hindu, Italian, Japanese, Nepali, Polish, Portugese, Punjabi, Somalian, Turkish and Urdu.

I presume that those speaking Eirean or The Gallic – both languages spoken on these islands by the indiginous peoples do not count – it is however all too understandable that Greeks, French, German, Spanish, Dutch and various other Continental EUropeans are of no significance relative to including SELECTED Indian languages when we leave out so many that are relatively common such as Tamil or the languages of the Philipines and Thai – I was surprised to note Spaniards are excluded also!

This early screening is a great idea as one of the great keys to Cancer survival is early diagnosis and prompt treatment.

It does make me wonder that although I have now had cancer for 13 years this latest TCC (Transient Cell Carcinoma) was obvious during my bladder op in December – just look at the Cancer Diary and consider the dates!

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