A younger age is now recommended for getting your first colonoscopy

Colon cancer diagnoses are up 15-percent so the age for a first screening just got younger

When it comes to celebrating your 50th birthday many people cringe because they know that’s also the magic number to get your first colorectal cancer screening.

But the rule is changing, instead of getting a baseline at 50-years-old, now you should do this when you turn 45.

Dr. Davinder Singh, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Health System explains why,” So what we’ve seen is there has been increasing incidents of colon cancer among young adults. Particularly patients in their forties we’ve seen about a 15-percent rise in colon cancer diagnosis in patients in the last 15 years.”

However, if you have a family history of polyps or colon cancer then your first screening should be even earlier.
Although there are now home tests they can be helpful in finding some problems, they should not be considered a replacement for a colonoscopy.

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.