According to a new study, many young people are diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer.
Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine looked at data from 100,000 people with adenocarcinoma, which is more likely to be caught in later stages of cancer. According to the study, some of the reasons for the increase in youth may be related to obesity, diet and environmental factors.
The study showed that the highest increase in the number of cases diagnosed with colon cancer was observed in young patients aged 20 to 29 years. When a formal diagnosis is made, this age group is more likely to have a longer, less treatable form of cancer.
This revelation is another reason why doctors say screening is necessary.
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“Just studying cases of adenocarcinoma is critical because we are trying to prevent it by screening and identifying risk factors,” said study author John John Carlitz, head of gastroenterology at Acesparks Health Medical Center, ABC News.
According to the American Cancer Society, which introduced new guidelines in 2020, colon cancer, including colon and rectal cancer, continues to grow, because in 2022, 52,580 deaths are expected. Dr. Kimmi Ng, Young Director. -The Colorectal Cancer Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute said in May last year that colon cancer had been on the rise in people under the age of 50 since the mid-1990s.
The United States Preventive Services Working Group recently changed screening guidelines for colon cancer from 50 to 45 years of age.
“If you’re 45, get tested in a timely manner – don’t wait,” Carlitz said. “If you’re under 45, tell your provider about your symptoms and tell your provider about your family history – it’s effective in saving lives and preventing colon cancer or at least advanced disease. can be. “
When studying small groups in the study, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanic participants saw the highest growth.
Common colon cancer symptoms that need to be considered include rectal bleeding, persistent abdominal pain, or fullness and unexplained weakness. Family history is a common indicator that significantly increases the risk of developing colon cancer if a family member is ill.