MAR 10, 2017 8:20 AM PST

Younger People Getting Colon Cancer


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. This week's video talks about the alarming trend of CRC in younger patients. While it's typically seen in patients over 50, it's not unheard of in patients much younger than that. New estimates from the American Cancer Society show that people born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer than those born in 1950.

The study done on the incidence and age of colon cancer onset does not show a link to family history in these younger patients, so the best guess is that the increased amount of cancer cases in younger patients is more about every day life factors. Diet, lifestyle habits and environmental issues like pollution and air quality are all being considered. Rising rates of obesity could be a factor as could lower rates of breastfeeding. While the guidelines still call for screening to begin at age 50 for patients with no family history, doctors advise that anyone with symptoms that don't go away like stomach pain, bleeding or other issues see a health care provider to get answers.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
MAY 25, 2020
Plants & Animals
Ever Wonder How Some Fish Produce Electricity?
MAY 25, 2020
Ever Wonder How Some Fish Produce Electricity?
When you hear the term ‘electric fish,’ the first thing that probably comes to mind is the infamous electric ...
JUN 08, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Space Agencies Are Developing Novel Space Junk Cleanup Tools
JUN 08, 2020
Space Agencies Are Developing Novel Space Junk Cleanup Tools
There are thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth today, with some residing in Low-Earth Orbit and others following a ...
JUN 14, 2020
Space & Astronomy
SpaceX Launches First Rideshare Mission with Great Success
JUN 14, 2020
SpaceX Launches First Rideshare Mission with Great Success
If you’ve been following SpaceX, then you’d know that the commercial space company has been launching quite ...
JUN 26, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Astrophysicists Find Evidence of Nearby Planet that May Sustain Life
JUN 26, 2020
Astrophysicists Find Evidence of Nearby Planet that May Sustain Life
Researchers have found that a nearby red dwarf star, known as Gliese 887, may host three planets, one of which could sus ...
JUL 16, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Turbulence: A Treat for Both Eyes and Minds
JUL 16, 2020
Turbulence: A Treat for Both Eyes and Minds
What do the air inside your lung, the tap water in pipes, the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, and the hurricane over the Atla ...
JUL 23, 2020
Plants & Animals
Sharks Missing from 1/5 of World's Reefs
JUL 23, 2020
Sharks Missing from 1/5 of World's Reefs
Sharks of all sizes are vital to coral reef ecosystems, both as predators and prey. Shark populations have rapidly decli ...
Loading Comments...