Colorectal cancer is increasingly affecting younger people - the American Cancer Society (ACS) is responding to this development with new recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. A preventive examination by stool test is recommended from the age of 45, colonoscopy from the age of 50. Between the ages of 75 and 85, individual decisions are to be made; from the age of 85, colorectal cancer screening is not recommended. The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) regulates the benefits of statutory health insurance funds in Germany. He now recommends early detection colonoscopy for men from the age of 50, for women the age limit remains 55.
As with mammography, health insurance companies will in future invite their insured persons to an examination by letter. These changes are expected to come into force at the beginning of 2019. Take advantage of this opportunity not only to detect bowel cancer early, but even to prevent it! Our specialists Dr. Bernhard Hofer, Klaus Bärbel and Dr. Susanne Schuster will be happy to advise you if you still have concerns and give you answers to these questions: What risk do I have of getting bowel cancer? I have no complaints, should I still go to the examination? I am younger than 45 years but have bleeding or stool irregularities? What are the risks of the investigation? Isn't a stool sample as meaningful as a colonoscopy? Which doctor do I have to see if I want to have a colonoscopy?