Video: Frequency of colon cancer patients under 50 should be ‘wake-up’ call for healthcare

While achieving a consensus on any issue is rare in the world of healthcare, most existing guidelines and recommendations call for regular screening for colorectal cancers beginning at age 50.

But that’s not soon enough for a growing number of patients who develop the disease earlier in life, according to a video posted online by CBS News.

Citing the results of a study published in the journal Cancer, the report states that 1 in 7 colon cancer patients are under the age of 50, with those younger patients more likely to be diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease.

While some doctors say it’s too soon to discuss changing existing screening guidelines, the study’s author calls the results a “wake-up call” for the healthcare community. 

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