According to a new study published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, younger, obese men had similar odds of having abnormal colon cells as older, slimmer men. This led researchers to state that young, obese men may benefit from earlier colon cancer screenings.
The study, conducted by researchers at Konkuk University in Seoul, stated this in the conclusion: "In average-risk individuals 40 to 49 years of age, men with abdominal obesity or metabolic syndrome might benefit from screening colonoscopy starting at 45 years of age to detect colorectal neoplasm." The age one normally receives colon cancer screenings is 50 years old.
However, some experts disagree."The idea that you're tailoring screening to age and some combination of risk factors is entirely reasonable," Robert Smith, the director of cancer screening at the American Cancer Society, told Reuters. "But attempts to draw those conclusions now is a bit premature, because most colorectal polyps don't become cancers."
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