As per scientists, over the past few decades, the number of there has been a large increase in the number of young people getting colon cancer. There has been a sharp rise in the number of patients under the age of 50 who get the disease the study published in Cancer finds.
Between the years of 2004 to 2015, the figures available for those who had cancer under the age of 50 was 130,165 people. Of the total percentage of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer under the age of 50, 13.9% of the patients were African American and 18.9 percent among Hispanic populations.
This study was of an observational kind. It also found that those in the urban areas were more likely to get the disease and those with higher incomes. However, the researchers of the study also said that they do not know why there has been such a sharp rise in the numbers of cancer patients below the age of 50.
However, there are some beliefs that this may be due to the fact screenings. The study also finds that those who do get screened, the disease is usually in stage three or four, which is quite advanced. Furthermore, some do not even get it screened and die due to the advanced stages of cancer.
Last year, the alarming numbers of increased colorectal cancer in young people led to the American Cancer Society updating their guidelines and started to screen for the disease at 45 years old as well. However, the issue here is that since the 1970s, there has been a sharp rise in the number of patients with colon cancer under the age of 50.
In the last decade, the numbers have grown even more.