One of the most common phrases uttered when we hear someone we know has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer is “they were so young”. We tend to think of these types of “invisible cancers” as something associated with old age, something that has been brewing for years and now that enough time has passed the symptoms start to show themselves. Sadly, we know this is not the case. Colorectal cancers can be aggressive and early detection is better than any treatment when it comes to decreasing mortality and increasing the patients quality of life.

Personally we are glad to see this recommendation from the USPSTF, and are confident that it will save lives. If you are approaching or over the age of 45 and you have not had a routine colorectal cancer screening, please speak to your doctor immediately. We believe this is a good start, but also recognize that we have encountered many patients in their 30’s who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of colorectal cancers, or other increased risk factors it is important to not wait before discussing a routine screening with your doctor.