Published on August 5, 2020
Updated on December 9, 2020
Colorectal cancer is on the rise in adults under the age of 50. Our report, Gut Check: Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer in Your State, provides a snapshot of the current environment for colorectal cancer in the states and sheds some light on the factors and trends associated with the increasing cases among young adults.
NOTE: Gut Check: Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer in Your State was created before the release of new draft guidelines on colorectal cancer screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in October 2020. The Prevent Cancer Foundation supports the new draft guidelines, which include a recommendation for routine colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 45. Until these guidelines are finalized, many people of average risk ages 45-49 will not have access to screening.
Twenty members of Congress joined with Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services in support of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) lowering the recommended screening age for colorectal cancer to age 45. Reps. Raskin and Davis used the Gut Check report to emphasize the problem of young-onset colorectal cancer and applaud the new draft guidelines from the USPSTF. Read the letter here.