The Edina-based Colon Cancer Coalition is applauding the recent recommendation from the United States Preventive Services Task Forces to make colorectal cancer screenings more common starting at age 45.

“Research has shown recently that colorectal cancer has been on the rise in adults under the age of 50, about 18000 Americans are diagnosed under the age of 50 a year in the United States.”

The Coalition’s Erin Peterson says as a result of the recommendation, starting soon, most colorectal cancer screenings would be covered by insurance with no copay for 22 million people between the ages of 45 and 49. She says colorectal cancer screening at age 45 would result in earlier detection of cancer in thousands of individuals–as well as prevention of colorectal cancer in countless others.