If we gather what we know about colorectal cancer in general until now, we will get quite a pile of information. We do know how it starts, we do know what are the common symptoms, we do know that there is not one exact cause but we do know the risk factors.
And all of this has been enough for the researchers and doctors to keep up with inventing and introducing new, inventive ways how to treat it. We also know about the importance of preventing it in the first place and keeping your colon healthy.
So all of the patients who are over 50 years of age and those with a family history of colorectal cancer are advised to schedule their colonoscopy once a year. So is there anything left that can surprise us? We did not think so until we read a study published by the Journal of National Cancer Institute that showed the number of new colorectal cancer cases among young adults. So what was once thought to be a disease characteristic for people over 50 years of age, it is now noticed to take its victims at much earlier age.
What do You Need to Know about Colorectal Cancer?
You should know that colorectal cancer is a condition that affects the colon and rectum. Also, everyone should know the potential symptoms such as rectal bleeding, vomiting, nausea, unexplained weight loss, and fatigue. The reason why these symptoms occur is not yet found. However, we do know the risk factors for developing colorectal cancer which are people over 50 years of age, African-American people, people with family history of colon and colorectal cancer etc. You should also know that in most cases when the colorectal cancer is discovered in its early stage, the success of treating it is high. But when it comes to colorectal cancer it is always better to prevent it than to treat it. So why would a condition such as this one that was once thought to be a characteristic one for old age, now occur among young people? Let’s see what the study has to say.
There has been an Increase in Colorectal Cancer Rates Among Young Adults, A Study Shows
This study has been published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute by the leader of the study – Rebecca L. Siegel. It explained how luckily a decrease of the colorectal cancer rates had been noticed overall, however, unfortunately, it also explains how it was noticed that most of the new cases have been among younger adults. The study shows how the first results of this unusual occurrence have been noticed first in the 1980s! For the purposes of this study, the cases of more than 490 000 people in their 20s and older that were diagnosed with colorectal cancer from 1974 to 2013 have been investigated. As we mentioned earlier, the study successfully confirmed the decline of colorectal cancer among people above 55 years of age. But when it comes to young adults in their 20s and 30s, the incidence has increased for 1 to 2%. However, although the researchers had their success in confirming the increase and decline in the rates of new colorectal cases, they still cannot confirm the exact cause of it. The exact cause for the development of colorectal cancer, in general, has never been known, but nor does the reason for the increase in the rates among young adults. But the researchers have their suspicions. For starters, the leader of the study – Rebecca L. Siegel suggests that it is our lifestyle that adds to the development of not only colorectal cancer but other dangerous diseases as well such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc. Our low-fiber, high-fat diet filled with processed foods and low intake of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as low intake of water is one factor. Another one is our sedentary way of life. We tend to spend more time in front of the TV then to move around doing some kind of physical activity. Did we just describe your lifestyle? Not to worry, there is still something that you can do about it and try to beat these new results! Following a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol and exercising regularly are just a few of the examples that you can use to improve your chances of avoiding colorectal cancer.
Unfortunately, in the Journal of National Cancer Institute, you can read about the increase of new colorectal cancer cases among young adults in their 20s and 30s. The reason for this is yet to be discovered and until then? We just hope that the shocking news that more and more young adults have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a condition that was once thought to be a typical condition that affects older people, will hopefully give you the motivation that you need to make the necessary changes and improve your health!