(HealthDay News) -- The American Cancer Society's new colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommend that people at average risk start screening at age 45. That's a drop of five years from the former guidelines, which recommended the first screening at age 50.
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In lowering the age recommendation, the society cited rising numbers of colorectal cancer cases among younger Americans.
- A family or personal history of colorectal cancer or certain types of polyps.
- A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.
- A personal history of radiation directed at the abdomen or pelvic area to treat a prior cancer.
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