Should You Start Colorectal Cancer Screening Before Age 50? – Consumer Reports

Read article - Quotes Douglas Robertson, professor of medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about guidelines released last year by the American Cancer Society suggesting that people should begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 45. "Screening is always a trade-off with benefit and harm," says Robertson. "The trade-off is that as you go to younger and younger age groups, the absolute risk for getting or dying from cancer is lower, so more and more people would need to be screened to find the one case of colorectal cancer hiding in these younger age groups."