“45 is the new 50 for this important cancer prevention screening intervention."
- Dr. Kimmie Ng of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Colorectal cancer is most common in older adults, and the task force has long recommended that people ages 50 to 75 get screened. But the rate of new cases before age 50 has been rising since the early 2000s. So the new guidelines say adults at average risk of colorectal cancer should be screened from ages 45 to 75.
The decision, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, means most insurance plans would have to cover the checks with no copay. The change brings the task force in line with the American Cancer Society, which lowered its recommended screening age to 45 in 2018.