Or maybe that should be butt . . .
Because the American College of Gastroenterology has just released its latest recommendation online in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and the upshot is that these people are saying that routine screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) should start at age 45 for persons of average risk rather than at age 50, which was the old recommendation.
Why the change?
Because times have changed and according to a spokesperson from the ACG, “Today, a 45-year-old has the same risk as a 50-year-old had 10 years ago.”
The ACG steps gingerly away, though, from taking sides about which test is best to start with, mainly because, as anyone who has had to undergo a colonoscopy before will quickly aver, this is not a test you eagerly line up for.
So the wise folks at the ACG merely say this: “The best test is one that the patient is willing to have and the healthcare system is willing to give.”
Amen to that.