Colon Cancer Rates Rising in Young Adults
New research published in JAMA Surgery shows that the rate of adults younger than 50 with colorectal cancer continues to rise and is expected to increase even more during the next 15 years. By contrast, the incidence of colorectal cancer in people over 50 keeps falling, likely due to an increase in colonoscopy screening.
Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston utilized data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) colorectal cancer registry to assess the age disparities in colorectal cancer cases. They found that colorectal cancer rates increased among patients aged 20 to 49.
If this trend continues, the researchers estimated that by the year 2020, colon cancer rates will increase by 37.8 percent in the 20 to 34 age group. By 2030. they could increase by as much as 90 percent for that age group.
The team called for more research into potential causes and external factors responsible for rise of this cancer among younger adults.