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

  • 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.
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