On May 30, 2018, the
American Cancer Society (ACS) published new guidelines for colorectal cancer screenings. The ACS guidelines suggest that people
with an average risk of developing colorectal cancer have regular screenings
at age 45 rather than at the previously recommended age of 50.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States
and the fourth most diagnosed among adults. It is estimated that this
year alone, more than 97,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer
and another 43,000 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer. Close to 50,000
people are likely to die from colorectal cancers this year.
Over the past twenty years, the number of CRC cases among people older
than 54 has declined, mainly due to increased screening practices, which
provide doctors with the opportunity to remove polyps before they become
malignant. However, there has been a 51% increase in colorectal cancers
in adults younger than 50 since 1994. The chief cancer control officer
for the American Cancer Society,
Dr. Richard Wender, stated “people born in the 80s and 90s are at double the risk for
developing cancer of the colon and four times the risk for developing
cancer of the rectum compared to people born decades earlier like the
40s and 50s.” It is due in part to statistics like these that the
ACS has made the new recommendation that regular screenings should begin
at age 45.
Varieties of Colorectal Screenings:
- Fecal immunochemical test
- Guaiac-based fecal occult blood test
- Multi-targeted stool DNA test
- CT colonography
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
If you are age 45 or older, please talk to your doctor about which CRC
screening may be best for you. If you have a history of colorectal cancer
in your family or are otherwise at an increased risk for CRC - such as
from having occupational exposure to asbestos - you should talk to your
doctor about screenings before age 45.
Railroad workers are one of many occupational groups that often faced heavy
asbestos exposure during employment. If you, or someone you know are a
railroad worker diagnosed with colorectal cancer it is possible that asbestos
was a contributing factor. The
attorneys at Doran and Murphy represent railroad workers who suffer not just from
lung cancer, but also cancers of the colorectal region and more.
To speak with an attorney regarding asbestos exposure and cancer, please
call us today at 1-800-374-2144.