Doctor: Colorectal cancer screening can save your lifePosted: Updated:
A White Plains doctor says he supports the American Cancer Society’s newly released guidelines for colorectal cancer screenings.
The American Cancer Society now recommends adults as young as 45 get screened because studies suggest younger people are at higher risk than previously thought.
Colorectal cancer is now the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women.
Dr. Joshua Raff is leading the charge as the director of the digestive cancer program at the White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care.
Raff says he has definitely seen an increase in the number of young people diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
He says while most people are squeamish about a stool screening card, it could help save your life.
"These tests work and they're safe,” he says.
The good news is that patient’s don't necessarily need an invasive colonoscopy at 45, just the screening will suffice in order to see if further tests should be done.
"You just have to get over it. It's just part of the body, and it's really important to be tested, checked out and talk about it,” says Raff.