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More younger adults are getting colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is typically thought of as an older person’s disease, which is generally true. But research shows that it’s becoming increasingly common among people under the age of 50.

Overall, the number of new cases of colorectal cancer that occur each year has actually been falling. But that’s because fewer older adults are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer today than in the past. For younger people, it’s a different story: Incidence rates have been rising since the 1970s and 1980s.

Why the rise?

Researchers don’t know yet. More studies are needed.

Until then, it’s important for everyone, regardless of age, to see a primary care provider ASAP if they have signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer.

And young adults need to remember that this is not just your grandparents’ disease.

Sources: American Cancer Society; National Cancer Institute

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