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Change in Recommended Age for Cancer Screenings to 45 

In early 2021, the American Cancer Society updated their recommendations to start routine colorectal screening with colonoscopy at age 45 for individuals at average risk. For those with an increased risk such as a family history of colorectal cancer, the age may be younger and should be discussed with your gastroenterologist. If someone in your family has had colon cancer, you are at higher risk for developing the disease, and that means a father, mother, brother or sister, your risk is two and a half times the average population risk.

The new recommendations apply to all adults age 45 to 75 without symptoms and who are at average risk for colorectal polyps and cancer. Factors indicating increased risk, such as personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer, warrant enhanced screening. The recently issued guidelines recommend that colorectal cancer screening start at age 45 (Lowered from age 50). Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Early screening and detection are the key to eradicate a cancer that is largely preventable.

COVID-19 Update 2.21.22

In order to provide a comfortable and safe environment for our patients and staff, all GI Alliance locations will continue the CDC recommended COVID-19 protection procedures, regardless of some recent city and states adjusting restrictions. All patients will be:

  • Asked to complete COVID-19 survey
  • Checked for fever
  • Required to wear a mask