Check out this story in the July 31 New York Times about data from Canada and the U.S. showing a sharp increase in colorectal cancer among adults in their 20s and 30s.
Rebecca Siegel, MPH, an epidemiologist and scientific director of our Surveillance Research department is quoted at length.
Until there is more research into what is causing the increase in colorectal cancers, Ms. Siegel encourages younger people to be more proactive about identifying signs early on. Persistent constipation, cramps, bloating, blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, and fatigue can all be symptoms.
Younger people and their doctors often overlook the warning signs because “cancer is not on their radar,” Ms. Siegel said.
The American Cancer Society recommends that colorectal cancer screening begin at age 45 for people with average risk.