Younger People May Have A Higher Risk Of Colorectal Cancer

As time passes by, there are more and more challenges for health. The developments in medical science have successfully controlled many issues but there are a lot more remaining. One of the biggest concerns at the moment is the rise in the rates of colorectal cancer.

Cancer, in general, is among the fastest-growing and most dangerous health problems. According to the statistics, the diagnosis of different types of cancer is on the rise. Many of the forms of cancerous tumors do not have a very effective treatment.

This is why many health professionals highlight the importance of prevention rather than treatment. This can be difficult in the case of a genetic disposition to cancer. However, there is a number of ways to cut down its risk.

For instance, sticking to a healthy diet and making other major lifestyle changes can help. Even though general awareness on this matter is more than ever now, there are more cases.

On the other hand, there is also an increase in the number of studies focusing on different types of cancers. The recent research on this subject shows the cases now are not the same as before.

For example, a new study shows that the rates of colorectal cancer are rising in younger people. Furthermore, they also saw that the rise was there in young adults from all social classes.

The study was conducted by Dr. Boone Goodgame and a team of researchers from the University of Texas. Their findings appear in the journal Cancer.

Read the study here. 

What Was the Research Method?

The statistics back from the seventies show that the rise in colorectal cancer started back that. Before that, the people who got a diagnosis were usually aged seventy and above. Now, a big number of younger people are developing cancer.

Currently, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. This is particularly alarming. To confirm the statement, research was compulsory on the matter.

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The researchers in the new study begun with incorporating data from the National Cancer Database registry. Data back from 2004 showed that ten percent of the cases of colorectal cancer were of people under the age of fifty.

However, the researchers noted that in the data from 2015, the rates had gone up to 12.2 percent. Secondly, their rate is also likely to be higher as time passes by.

In addition to these observations, the team saw that younger people usually had a much severe case. More than fifty percent of the diagnosis were likely to be of an advanced form of colorectal cancer.

In comparison, people over fifty with cancer than a forty percent chance of it being on an advanced stage. The rates of colorectal cancer were higher in all of the social classes.

Why Is This Happening?

Even though the team did successfully prove the rise in cases, the reason for it is still unclear. Studies from the past showed that this may be due to a number of factors including gut bacteria. More research is required on the matter to find the answer as well as the solution to the problem.



Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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