Colorectal Cancer Risk on the Rise - Colon Cancer Facts

March 12, 2017

Millennial's Colon Cancer Risk

Recent studies by the American Cancer Society have determined that colon and rectal cancer rates are rising fast for Americans under 55 years of age. If you were born in 1990, you are twice more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer and four times more likely to be diagnosed with rectal cancer. 

Due to routine screening not generally being done until after the age of 50, the younger generation is being diagnosed with colon cancer in more advanced stages. The surge of younger diagnoses contrasts with the overall trend of colorectal cancer, which has been dropping for several decades. 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.

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What is the Cause? - Colon Cancer Facts

There is no direct evidence as to the reason why colorectal cancers are increasing among the younger generations. Researchers believe that it is not probable that this increase is driven by genes. The rise of obesity is similar to the trends now seen in colon cancer. Obesity is not a direct cause of colorectal cancer, but it does share common risks, such as unhealthy diet and poor exercise. 

According to a 2014 study, they found a 10% increased risk for colon cancer for each five-point increase in body mass index.  This may be the difference between what is considered normal and overweight. Colonoscopies and other screening tests come with caution, but could also be beneficial. This can be compared to the controversy surrounding mammograms—they have shown to prevent breast cancer, however some have also led to needless biopsies and treatments. 

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