A new study by the American Cancer Society (ACS) revealed an alarming increase in colorectal cancer among young adults in the United States.
The researchers found an unprecedented rise in the number of colon as well as rectal cancers among young American adults, rates of the deadly diseases among older Americans declined.
According to the study, the risks of colon cancer and rectal cancer among young Americans in their mid-20s now has doubled and quadrupled from forty years ago.
The Cancer Center Treatment Centers of America’s Dr. Kevin E. Woods said he often treats young adults for the potentially deadly disease of colorectal cancer, and some of the patients are in their early or late 20s.
Speaking on the topic, Dr. Woods said, “This is definitely something that has gotten all of our attention. What we want to tell patients is that if they see any bleeding or abdominal pain they should have that investigated and not ignore it.”
Colorectal cancer remains one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States, despite the fact that nearly 50 per cent of colorectal cancer cases can be avoided through early screening. The findings have been shared as March is being observed as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness.