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Increase of Colon Cancer in Those Under 50

medical illustration showing colon cancer | GI NorthIn the past, colon cancer was most often found in people over 50 years of age. However, new studies show that colon cancer is on the rise in younger adults. According to WebMD, the disease has increased by more than 2% every year among those aged 20 to 34 and nearly half a percent annually among ages 35 to 49. Interestingly, rates declined by approximately 1 percent in people who are aged 50 or older. Moreover, research shows that the highest increases are with rectal cancers that are practically 4% each year. While, colon cancer rates increased nearly 3% each year.

Research Analysis

From 1975 through 2010, researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute analyzed numerous data. They discovered that the general colon cancer rate for Americans decreased by approximately 1 percent each year during that time. As well, the drop was similar in both men and women.

Age was most definitely a factor. For example, twenty years ago colorectal cancer was rarely found in people in their 20s, 30s or 40s. In addition, the research foretold that by 2020 and 2030; colon cancer rates will have jumped by around 38 percent and 90 percent, among people aged 20 to 34. As well, the rates are expected to drop by about 23 to 41 percent among people 50 years old and older.

Because of this drastic rise in colon cancer among the younger, there are many experts researching potential causes and external impacts like behavioral aspects and lack of screening. Other experts agree that lifestyle and diet plays a big factor in the rise of cancer in the colon. Unfortunately, many experts claim that there are no standardized recommendations for screening patients under 50 without risk factors.

With this in mind, it makes it difficult to diagnose cancer in the colon since there a few early signs of the disease. In truth, many patients who have existing symptoms are in the advanced stages of cancer. This definitely explains why there is a high rate in meager prognosis for younger patients who have many of the symptoms.

Moreover, many specialists state that they are unclear as to why there is a sudden surge in colon cancer among the young.

Knowing the Risk Factors

It is very common for people to be unfamiliar with the risk factors of the disease. This is why it is imperative that you discuss the possible risks with your physician or a specialist such as Dr. Cofrancesco and Dr. Quijano at GI North located in the Cumming, GA area. Actually, it is important that all adults to consider early screening, especially if there are any risk factors.

And remember, colon cancer remains the third most common cancer in America. In fact, nearly 143,000 people were diagnosed with colon cancer. Additionally, studies show that there were close to 51,000 deaths from the disease.

Services and Screening

GI North offers a complete colonoscopy. Although this may sound a bit scary, the procedure is quite simple. Both Dr. Cofrancesco and Spanish speaking Dr. Quijano have years of experience and expertise. As well, GI North offers screening and other tests you can take to determine if you need a thorough colonoscopy. And for your convenience, GI North is located Cumming, GA and also serves Alpharetta, Canton, Roswell, Suwanee and beyond.

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