Study Shows Increase in Colorectal Cases Among Those Younger Than 50
According to a recent study that was published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, colorectal cancer rates are on the rise in the United States for people who are younger than 50.
The researchers reviewed data on 11,000 men and 9,800 women younger than 50. The data was obtained from 13 registeries that tracked the information between 1992 and 2005.
The researchers found that colorectal cancer rates increased 1.5% a year among men younger than 50 and 1.6% a year among women younger than 50. The researchers also found that incident rate increases for colorectal cancer had edged up in every age category below 50, but the largest increase occurred in the youngest age group (those between 20 and 29 years old).
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 106,000 new cases of colon cancer, which includes about 15,000 people younger than 50, and 41,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed this year.