Evidence supports lowering bowel cancer screening age

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer with 108 people dying every week. 

Researchers from a Gold Coast Hospital study, published in the ANZ Journal of Surgery, have found that bowel cancer rates in the under 50’s is on the increase with over 1500 cases ocurring every year.

Associate Professor Graham Newstead has suggested that lowering the age on bowel cancer screening to 45 could be the way forward, along with improved symptom awareness among patients and GP’s. In 2018 the American Cancer Society revised its screening age guidelines to 45 following increasing rates of bowel cancer amongst the younger population.

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