The time for a colorectal cancer screening might be sooner than you anticipated. The American Cancer Society has released a new set of guidelines that suggest people begin having regular colorectal cancer screenings at the age of 45, instead of their previous recommendation of 50 years old. This article on CNN does a great job of explaining the new rationale behind the change. For those who are interested, you can find the study these recommendations are based on here. To find out more about colorectal cancers head on over to the American Cancer Societies website, or follow them on Twitter.

And as always, if are 45 or older and had not had a colorectal cancer screening, please make an appointment with a gastroenterologist right away. If you do not have a gastroenterologist contact the offices of Dr. Meline or Dr. Yalam to make an appointment.