Colon Cancer in Young People

There’s been more than a 50% increase in the two cancers (colon and rectum) in people younger than 50 and the death rate in those younger patients is going up.

Dr. Omar Llaguna, Oncologic Surgeon with Miami Cancer Institute, tells those statistics compares the risk of colorectal cancer in patients or people who were born in 1990 vs. 1950. He explains people who were born in 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and have four times the risk of rectal cancer, at the same age, than if patients were born in 1950.

The specialist says the rate of colorectal cancer in younger patients has increased, but the physicians don’t know why this is happening.

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