Colon Cancer Rates Are Rising In People Under 50
Colon cancer rates are rising among men and women under 50, the age at which guidelines recommend screenings start, a new analysis shows.
One in seven colon cancer patients is under 50. Younger patients are more likely to have advanced stage cancer, but they live slightly longer without a cancer recurrence because they are treated aggressively, the researchers reported.
“Colon cancer has traditionally been thought of as a disease of the elderly,” said study lead author Dr. Samantha Hendren, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
“This study is really a wake-up call to the medical community that a relatively large number of colon cancers are occurring in people under 50,” she added.