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‘Alarming’ 2X Rise In Colon Cancer Rates Among Younger People


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Diagnosis of colorectal cancer (CRC) in younger people has almost doubled since 1995, a steeper increase than previously recognized, according to a study from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The proportion of new diagnoses in patients younger than 55 increased from 11% to 20%. New cases of CRC rose by 2% annually among individuals younger than 50 and those 50-54. The incidence declined among people 65 or older, a trend that started in 2011.

The overall rate of decline in CRC incidence and mortality has slowed substantially since 2000, and the number of newly diagnosed advanced cancers has increased, reported Rebecca Siegel, MPH, senior scientific director of surveillance research at the ACS, and coauthors, in CA: A Cancer Journal for Cliniciansopens in a new tab or window.

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