Colorectal Cancer the rising concern amongst younger generation


        • 49 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every day¬†
        • A 2.2% rise in colon cancer for people under 50 was noted between the years 2011 to 2016.

American Cancer Society recently released a new report that indicated that the impact of cancer is on a rise in younger people and the older people are getting safer from the disease, the report showcases the facts that 49 unique cases and 10 deaths per day can occur in people under the age of 50, the age range in 2016 was 66 which is a straight denotation that more than half of the people diagnosed of this cancer were below the age of 66.

Colorectal Cancer, that is the cancer of colon is third most common cancer in the United States, and one of the leading cause of death in both the males and female, there was a sign of relief in early 2000 when it was found that there was a drop by 3.3% in cases diagnosed above the age of 65, the trend continued for a few years before it was realized there was a percent rise in the age group of 50-64. A rise of 2.2% in people under 50 was also noted between the years 2011 to 2016.

The major risk factors for colorectal cancer are smoking, being overweight, irregular healthy diet, unavailability in access to high-quality healthcare, these elements also determine if the people with cancer can be diagnosed early and if yes what the chances of their survival from this disease are.

Cancer Research UK is looking forward to finding the root cause of this cancer and preventive measures to irradiate cancer, they are setting up studies to understand what role obesity plays and what the impact of a good diet on the body is. They are planning to collect stool samples from their patients to examine various factors.

The American cancer association has warned and recommended that the screening for colorectal cancer should start at the age of 45, however many individuals are reluctant to follow the measures as the majority of insurance companies provide financial cover for the screening of colorectal cancer at the age of 50.

Many of the symptoms of colorectal cancer may seem very ordinary thus creating a delay in people opting for medical help, on the other hand, few of the major symptoms include blood in the stool, sudden weight loss, strong abdominal pain, weird bowel movements. People can feel quite uncomfortable while talking of such symptoms, resulting in a delay to contact a medical professional, to avoid this we need to normalize the conversation, create a general awareness about this type of cancer.