Scientists have come up with a report stating that people who are younger than 50 years of age are at high risk of developing colon and rectal cancer. Experts have said that cases of colorectal cancer are shooting up among people less than 50 years since 1990. Colorectal cancer is said to be the third deadliest cancer found among men and women in the US. Scientists have suggested that regular screening for colon and rectal cancer should start at the age of 45 itself. The American Cancer Society (ACS) as well, suggests the same. Recently Actor Chadwick Boseman had died due to colon cancer at the age of 43; he has been fighting the dreaded disease for years.
Experts have claimed that the median age of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer is shrinking. In the past, the median age of people being diagnosed with colorectal cancer was 72 in 1989, as per the American Cancer Society. It remained the same until early 2000 and decreased by 66 years of age in 2016. Experts from ACS has revealed the rate of a colorectal cancer diagnosis is falling rapidly among the people who are 65 years and older. On the other hand, it is increasing among young adults. Scientists say that it is not surprising that cases of colorectal cancer are going up in young people but the most worrying part is how fast it is ensuing.
Dr. Rebecca Siegel, the co-author of the report has said that the findings of the study are crucial because not only it provides the data of the current burden of colorectal cancer but also an estimated idea of the situation in future. She has further added that if this situation continues to be like this health professionals should be well prepared to face unique challenges with rapidly growing patients. This report has included data from the National Cancer Institute and the US Centers for Disease and Prevention as well. The authors of the report have indicated that the obesity epidemic might be the reason for the current situation. Diet has an essential impact on colorectal cancer risk. However, it cannot be the sole cause of increasing colorectal cancer cases among young people.