Rise in Colon Cancer Cases Among American Youths

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Fox News Reported that Some specialists are wondering what might be generating a worrying increase in colon cancer incidence among Americans under the age of 50, according to a recent study. 

Even while the genetics of cancer hasn’t altered much in recent years, some medical professionals think the rise in processed food consumption and sedentary lifestyles in society might be partially to blame, according to Fox News correspondent Jonathan Serrie in Atlanta. 

The topic is personal to Serrie because his younger brother Keir passed away from colon cancer at 48, he said: “America Reports.” Growing up, Keir was my best friend. He started feeling unwell in 2017. About a month was spent by doctors trying to determine the problem. A colonoscopy was eventually scheduled, revealing a sizable tumor that had been growing in his colon for, according to Serrie, roughly five years and had already spread. 

“He had excellent physicians. They made every effort to save him. But before the year ended, he passed away a few months later. According to Serrie, doctors did not start advising routine colonoscopies for those from families without a history of colon cancer until the typical age of 50. Therefore, Keir wasn’t scheduled for his initial screening until two years after his passing. 

“Some physicians are already asking for it,” Serrie stated. “I miss my brother so much, so definitely an account I’m going to continue paying close attention to.” According to Anchor John Roberts, some medical professionals are advocating that the screening age be lowered to 45 because a study revealed a 90% spike in colon cancer among those aged 20 to 34 and a 28% increase among those aged 35 to 49. 

“I hear this narrative all too frequently. A young person has been identified as having a late-stage malignancy, which is more challenging to treat. According to Dr. Nicole Saphier, a radiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Monmouth County, “Approximately 43 percent of all cancers of the colon are being confirmed among individuals between 45 to 49 years of age, which is why the American Cancer Society recently decreased that age of onset for screening from 50 down to 45.” 

Young adults with colorectal cancer make up 15 to 30 percent of those with genetic mutations. But there is also a surge in diet-related cancers, and sedentary lifestyles, antibiotic use, and even some fungal infections have been connected to this increase in colon cancer, according to Saphier. 

She advised younger individuals to pursue fecal occult blood tests, which check stool samples to determine if there is a tendency to develop cancer, rather than colon cancer screening, which she felt is still premature. The expert advised that colon cancer must be considered if a young patient presents with any symptoms. 

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