Colorectal Cancer rising in rising in young and middle-aged adults. People younger than 55 are 58% more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage disease than older people. The study appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute finds colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence rates are rising in young and middle-aged adults, including people in their early 50s, with rectal cancer rates increasing particularly fast. As a result, 3 in 10 rectal cancer diagnoses are now in patients younger than age 55. We suspect this is due to the complex relationship between obesity, an unhealthy diet, and lack of physical activity.
The most common signs and symptoms include:
· A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
· A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
· Rectal bleeding
· Dark stools, or blood in the stool
· Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
· Weakness and fatigue
· Unintended weight loss
You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then continue getting screened at regular intervals. However, you may need to be tested earlier than 50, or more often than other people, if—
- You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
- You have an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- You have a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).