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Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Americans should start getting screened for colon cancer at age 45 instead of at 50, according to new guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Why it matters: The taskforce said the recommendation reflects the fact that colon cancer — the third-leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the country — is increasingly occurring among adults younger than 50.

  • It also means that most insurance companies will have to cover the screenings with no copay, according to AP.

By the numbers: Colorectal cancer is most common in adults 65 to 74 years old, but the number of new cases in adults 40 to 49 years old has increased by almost 15% from 2000-2002 to 2014-2016, according to USPSTF, which is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • An estimated 25.6% of eligible adults in the country had never been screened for colorectal cancer in 2016, and in 2018, 31.2% of eligible adults were not up to date with screenings.
  • Around 53,000 people in the U.S. are projected to die of colorectal cancer this year.

What they're saying: "The USPSTF concludes with moderate certainty that screening for colorectal cancer in adults aged 45 to 49 years has moderate net benefit," the taskforce said in its decision.

The big picture: The rate of new cases and deaths from colon cancer have decreased in recent years in part from more screening tests, according to AP.

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1 min ago - Technology

Ad boom rains billions on Big Tech

Data: Company filings; Chart: Axios Visuals

Advertising growth was the chief driver of tech's blowout quarter, as the economy snapped back from the pandemic and a long-term shift to digital went into overdrive.

By the numbers: Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google all posted record ad revenue growth rates in earnings reports for 2021's second quarter.

Updated 4 mins ago - Sports

The Olympic events to watch today

Suni Lee on the uneven bars during the women's gymnastics team final. Photo: Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

5 events to watch today...
  • 🤸‍♀️ Women's gymnastics: Team USA’s Suni Lee and Jade Carey will compete in the individual all-around. Carey replaces Simone Biles, who pulled out of the event for mental health reasons. Coverage starts at 6:50 a.m. ET on nbcolympics.com (watch the replay at 8 p.m. ET on NBC).
  • 🏐 Women’s volleyball: The women’s team, who is 2-0 in pool play, will meet Turkey at 8:45 a.m. ET on USA Network.
  • 🏊 Swimming: Finals in the women’s 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle, as well as the men’s 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley. Coverage starts at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • 🚲 BMX racing: Live coverage of the men and women’s semifinals and finals starts at 10 p.m. ET on CNBC.
  • 🏃‍♀️ Track and field: Round 1 of the women’s 100m race begins at 11:15 p.m. on NBC.
Felix Salmon, author of Capital
15 mins ago - Economy & Business

Get ready for more debt ceiling drama

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

It was bliss while it lasted — which was exactly two years. Right now, the U.S. has no limit on the amount of debt it can issue. But that ends on Saturday.

Why it matters: Brace yourself for another round of unedifying posturing and brinkmanship, all of which should result — after a period of entirely unnecessary fiscal contortion — in the debt ceiling being raised (not abolished) sometime this fall.