Kids at risk for colon cancer

By admin
06 November 2014

Colon cancer among people under 34 may nearly double over the next 15 years, raising new concerns about how to fight one of the most common and deadly cancers, researchers said Wednesday.

The rise in incidence in the younger population -- blamed on lifestyle choices -- goes against a long-running decline in colon cancer among people over 50.

The decline was largely due to tougher screening and regular colonoscopies.

The projected rise in the young is based on unhealthy eating and other lifestyle factors, said the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery.

By 2030, more than one in 10 colon cancers and nearly one in four rectal cancers will be diagnosed in patients younger than 50, said the study conducted by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The projected increase was based on factors including obesity, lack of physical activity and a Western diet, which could "exponentially" increase risk, it said.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women, and the third leading cause of cancer death.

The study was based on a registry that included more than 393,000 patients with confirmed colon cancers between 1975 and 2010.

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