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Colorectal Cancer: New Study Indicates Younger Generation Might Be At Risk
Friday, January 26, 2018

Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths around the globe. 8.8 million people fall victim to the disease every year according to World Health Organization statistics. Colorectal cancer, the cancer of the colon and rectum, is the third most common type of cancer resulting in 774,000 deaths. There are multiple types of cancer that are caused by a host of different factors ranging from bacterial or viral infections that are left unchecked, smoking and ultra violet radiations etc.

The normal age at which a person becomes susceptible to colorectal cancer is 50 and above. A recent study, however, reveals that this figure needs to be revised as soon as possible.

What are the findings?
This study conducted by the National Institute of Health and The American Cancer Society analyzed a sample of 490,000 US residents classified by their birth years for the occurrence of colorectal cancer. The results were worrisome. The research indicated that the age when an individual is required to start screening tests for cancer has to be brought down to 45.

The findings of the research indicated a sharp rise in the percentage of reported occurrences of cancer in patients between the ages of 20 – 39. Although the scope of the research didn’t include determining possible causes for the increase, the results are still obtained from a substantial sample size and should get the concerned population worried.

What are the symptoms to look out for?
The signs of colorectal cancer are not much different from the indications of any other stomach related ailment. They include diarrhea, vomiting, blood in the stools and irregular bowel movements or pains. Any time you experience any of these symptoms and the show signs of severity or consistency, head over to a professional for a medical checkup.

What are the possible causes?
The most common known cause of colorectal cancer is infectious growth on the inner linings of the stomach and intestines known as polyp. These polyps can arise from a variety of different sources like excessive consumption of red meat and physical inactivity.

Prevention is better than cure
All kinds of cancers are curable if detected at early stages. This is one of the main reasons why regular screenings are recommended. If you’ve skipped these tests or somehow they came out clean and you’re still experiencing any of the symptoms, it is recommended to seek medical help. Some of the tests for detecting colorectal cancer include colonoscopy, a procedure that involves use of a camera attached to a narrow tube to analyze the inner linings of the gastrointestinal cavity, and blood or stool tests.
Our changing lifestyles in this modern society are making us more prone to diseases and disabilities. This could be a possible explanation for the rise in the number of cases of colorectal cancer in youngsters. Watching out for possible symptoms like vomiting, constipation or blood in the stools and incorporating exercise and fresh fruits and vegetable in the daily diet can help reduce the risk to some extent. The need for regular screenings doesn’t decrease, however.

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