A new report has revealed an alarming increase in the number of colon cancer cases among younger people. According to the report, the number of people under the age of 55 diagnosed with colorectal cancer has been steadily rising since the mid-1990s.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of cases among younger people has been increasing faster than in older age groups. Doctors are not sure why this is happening, but some experts suggest that it could be due to lifestyle changes, such as a lack of physical activity, poor diet and obesity.
CNN reports that the report also found that colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in people under the age of 55, after breast cancer. It is also the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this age group.
HuffPost reports that it is important for people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer. These include rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, abdominal pain or cramping, and changes in bowel habits.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the report is a reminder of the importance of early detection and screening. Doctors recommend that people aged 50 and over, and those at higher risk, should get regular screenings for colorectal cancer.
These findings highlight the need for more research into the causes of colorectal cancer in younger people. It is also essential that people are aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease, and that they get regular screenings to detect it early.