Colon Cancer at Younger Ages

From USA Today: Colon and rectal cancers surge in millennials and GenX

An excerpt:

Someone born in 1990 has double the risk of early colon cancer and quadruple the risk of early rectal cancer as someone born in 1950…

Most of the nation’s 135,000 annual cases and 50,000 deaths related to colon and rectal cancer still occur among people over age 55. But the share of cases involving younger adults has risen to 29% for rectal cancer and 17% for colon cancer, the study showed. About 11,000 people in their 40s and 4,000 under 40 were diagnosed in 2013…

Known risk factors for colon and rectal cancer include obesity, inactivity and diets high in red and processed meat and low fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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