Cancers of the rectum and colon recently have been declining among the older adult range in the couple past decades. They are even considered very rare among the young ones. However, recent studies show that there is a rise of colorectal cancers among the young adults aged between the early 20s to the late 30s, which is a very menacing trend.
Uncertain of the Causes
The report by scientists still shows that majority of the figure that has colorectal disease are among the older adults, about 90 percent starting at the age of 50. However, a recent study conducted by the American Cancer Society an increasing rate of it on the generation that was born in the 1950s. The older adults born between 1890 to 1950 has steadily increased by the passing years. It has left the experts clueless of the reason why.
The colorectal cancers have risen sharply very fast compared to any other disease cases in the colon or large intestines. The same organization has estimated around 13,500 new cases of colorectal diseases diagnosed in Americans under the age of 50 for this year alone, with over 95,500 cases of colon and almost 40,000 cases of rectal cancers in all the age groups.
According to the epidemiologist Rebecca Siegal, people that are born in the year 1990 and beyond have doubled the risk of getting colon problems, while the risk of rectal issues has quadrupled. This is compared to the risk of someone that was born after 1950. Rebecca Siegel is the lead author of this new report published in the National Cancer Institute’s journal that is set to show up every Tuesdays. Even if the absolute risk on younger people is still small, they still carry that risk on towards as they grow up.
A Worrisome Trend
What really make the experts worried is its upward trend. A sharp rise, even if the absolute risk is minimal, is still what makes the medical world worried. The risk of colorectal problems for individuals that were born in the 1990 and beyond was numbered at 5 each million people in that particular birth group, which is up from the 3 per every million among those that were born in the year 1950. As with rectal cancer alone, the risk has risen to 4 per one million, from 0.9 per one million on those that were born in the 1950s and beyond.
A professor of surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center named Dr. Thomas Weber, who has served the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, who is also one of the experts involved in the study, stated that the latest research shows the problem has steadily risen. The dramatic rising of the numbers does spell trouble, especially on the numbers for rectal cancer alone. He stated those figures were among people under the age of 50, in which it exceeds the figure of new cases that are supposed to be less common compared to other forms of problems like the Hodgkin’s lymphoma.