Colon Cancer Rising Among Young Adults, Study Says

Colon cancer, also known as bowel cancer, is a cancer of the colon or the large intestine which is found in the lower part of the digestive system. Rectal cancer, on the other hand, is a type of cancer that affects the end parts of the colon.

The collective name for these types of cancer is colorectal cancers. Nevertheless, whether it affects the colon or rectum, colorectal cancers grow little by little in a period of up to ten years before spreading and starting to affect other parts of the body.

With the rise in the incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) among adults, it could no longer be considered a disease of older people, according to a study. Although men in older age groups are well recognized to have a higher incidence of colonic and rectal cancer, there is little difference in the incidence rates between men and women aged below 40 years.

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For the study, published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery), the researchers from the University of Bristol, UK, examined data on adults, diagnosed with colorectal cancer in England between 1974 and 2015.

The CRC, also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, is the development of cancer from the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine).

According to the study, of the 1,145,639 CRC cases among adults aged over 20 years between 1974 and 2015, 2,594 cases were in the 20-29 year age group, 11,406 in the 30-39 year age group and 42,134 in the 40-49 year age group.

The most sustained increase was seen in adults aged 20-29 years, the study said. The magnitude of increases was similar in both sexes and across income levels, it added.

The most pronounced increases were in the southern regions of England, according to the researchers and added, young patients needed more treatment to achieve similar outcomes than older people.

The researchers said that changes in incidence rates could be used to plan future screening policy, preventative strategies, research agendas as well as increasing public understanding that younger people must be aware of symptoms of colorectal cancer.

The University of Bristol, the research university in Bristol, England, is ranked 49th by the QS World University Rankings 2020. It’s ranked in the top 10 of UK universities in 2020.

If you’re concerned, go get checked out. It really is going to come down to that every time. You’re right in that symptoms of colon cancer can be easily explained away or easily mistaken at first. The biggest thing to note is that it’s a change from your baseline. 

If you’ve had bowel movements like clockwork for a long time, and now suddenly you’re constipated all the time, go see a doctor. It’s a change, and it doesn’t even have to indicate cancer, but it is telling you something is going differently now than it ever used to before.

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