Colorectal Cancer Rates Among Millennials On The Rise

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Startling results are coming to light that more millennials are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in recent years, and it has medical professionals anxious. When other diseases are considered, rectal and colon cancers are often tied with Type 2 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease, both of which are on the rise as well.

Welch stated that the fact investigators must highlight is that the mortality rate showed no changes in the younger population groups, which means that even when cancer rates are rising among younger people, the dying rates are not, and that is positive.

"The risk of colon and rectal cancer for millennials - people born around 1990 - has escalated back to risk of people born in the late 1800s", says Dr. Rebecca Siegel.

For this study, the researchers analyzed all colorectal cancers diagnosed from the age of 20 years between 1974 and 2013 in national epidemiological studies, totaling 490,305 cases. About 50,000 people are expected to die of colorectal cancer in the United States this year.

But physicians Siegel, Chang and Welch do not think that a major change in screening guidelines is imminent without more research. In Britain, nearly nine out of 10 people with the disease are over 60 years old.

The incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) continues to decline for older Americans, but researchers have noticed a significant uptick in prevalence among young adults.

A diet high in red or processed meats, like bacon and sausages, and low in fibre increases the risk, as is being overweight or obese or being inactive. She tells that she had not done smoking since 15 years and she was also much shocked when she get to know about her disease.

Led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the new study saw that form the mid-1980s to 2013, colon cancer rates rose 1 to 2 percent every year for those in their 20s and 30s.

As screening rates went up, colorectal cancer rates dropped, the report noted. Incidence rates are dropping fastest in people ages 65 and older and for tumors located in the distal colon, while the drop is slowest for people ages 50 to 64 and for rectal tumors. In fact, in 2015 in the US, 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed. Obesity and colon cancer are interwoven. However, this progress is driven by older adults who have benefited from regular screenings, including colonoscopies, that may pick up growths before they become cancerous, she said.

The researchers concluded that around 11,000 people in their 40s and around 4,000 people under the age of 40 were diagnosed with one of these cancers in 2013.

Opposing trends in young and older adults over two decades have closed a previously wide gap in disease risk for people in their early 50s, compared to those in their late 50s. Colon cancer rates have been steadily falling for people over the age of 55 since the mid-1980s. In the meantime, it might be a good idea to get enough fiber, focus on healthy habits-and brush up on the early warning signs of colon and rectal cancers.