ACS changes guidelines for colorectal cancer screening

The American Cancer Society (ACS) on May 30 released a new colorectal cancer screening guideline, which was published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

The new guideline recommends that adults with an average risk for colorectal cancer start regular screenings at age 45. The guideline was changed based in part on new data showing rates of colorectal cancer are increasing in younger populations. As a result, the ACS updated the guideline to save more lives by finding colorectal cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful and by detecting and removing polyps, which contribute to the prevention of colorectal cancer.

Details about the new guideline and additional resources can be found on Also, click here for a video message and here for an issue brief and FAQs.