The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has lowered the colorectal cancer screening age to 45. This means all people at average risk should start screening for colorectal cancer at age 45.
Depending on risk factors (family history, etc.), some people may need to be screened even earlier. Talk to a doctor about any concerns.
There are often no symptoms associated with colorectal cancer. If detected in the early stages, it is usually treatable and beatable. A colonoscopy may prevent cancer from developing by finding and removing precancerous polyps.
Most insurances will now cover a screening colonoscopy starting at age 45. Patients should confirm specific benefits before scheduling a procedure.