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Colon cancer increases in younger adults



Colon cancer is usually regarded as an old-age disease. Most new cases are diagnosed in over 50s. Despite declining rates in older adults, scientists have documented a worrying trend in the opposite direction in patients over the age of 20 years 30s.

Data from national cancer registries in Canada show that the rate of colon cancer increases in younger adults. The increase could even accelerate.

"We thought this trend would slow or flatten after people first saw it a few years ago," said Darren Brenner, epidemiologist for molecular cancer at the University of Calgary and lead author of The New Study Published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

"But every year we observe an increase in colorectal cancer in young people, and it is very alarming."


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