Young Adult Colon Cancer is on the Rise

Do you think that colon cancer is an “old person’s disease”?  Guess again.  New research shows that rates are rapidly rising in younger adults. If you were born in 1990, you have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer compared to someone born around 1950, according to a 2017 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The study found that people younger than 55 are nearly 60% more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage disease than older adults. “When a 25-year old complains of blood in their stool or of a sudden change in their bowel habits, their primary care physician rarely thinks it could be cancer and doesn’t offer screening tests that can diagnose the problem, like a colonoscopy,” explains Edith Mitchell, MD, program leader of gastrointestinal oncology at the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. “As a result, they’re not diagnosed until a much later stage. But it’s amazing how many young patients we now have. I would say that about 40% of my patients now are below age 50.”

How can one work towards weight management and improve athletic training while warding off cancer?  Celebrate spring and get moving!  Schedule one afternoon a week for the family to play in the yard.  By playing a game of tag or chasing your child in circles around the backyard, you not only delight your children, but you also can get your heart rate up and burn some major calories. As Harvard Medical School reports, 30 minutes of running will burn anywhere from 465 to 539 calories in a 155-lb. person. Not only will you get a great workout, your kids will have a blast too while combating childhood obesity.

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