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"Colon Cancer Rates Rise in Young Adults: Earlier Screening Advised" on health.clevelandclinic.org I WANT EVERYONE ON THIS WEBSITE OVER THE AGE OF 40 TO GO GET A COLONOSCOPY. There are new guidelines from the American Cancer Society: The age is now 40, not 50. Comparing people born in 1950, and people born in 1990: * The risk of getting colon cancer before age 50 is twice as high * The risk of getting rectal cancer before age 50 is four-times as high LISTEN UP! I took a friend to get a colonoscopy a few weeks ago. Early 50s, healthy, non-smoker, went ten years without drinking, lean and muscular, athletic. Guess what? ***HUGE*** polyp - so big that the doctor referred him to a surgeon. He just went to see a Johns Hopkins specialist - the threat of cancer isn't as bad as he first thought, but it's still there, and he won't know for sure for several more weeks. Cancer or not, do you really want to go through the stress of not knowing? And once you find something that needs to be biopsied, do you really want to wait several weeks to find out if you have cancer? We just lost John Pearson. I do not want to lose anyone else to something so preventable. GET IT DONE. I just had my second (results normal), and you're completely asleep - you don't feel or remember anything. Any "Star Trek" fans here? If so, you probably remember the impossibly seductive "Green Girl" from the pilot. Susan Oliver, dead, age 58, colorectal cancer. And we all remember the most iconic poster of the 1970s: Farrah Fawcett, dead, age 62, anal cancer. Do you want to meet your grandchildren? GET IT DONE.