Colon cancer deaths on the rise

An alarming new study just came out Tuesday that shows more young people are dying from colorectal cancer- and no one knows why

An alarming new study just came out Tuesday that shows more young people are dying from colorectal cancer- and no one knows why

It shows colon cancer deaths are on the rise among younger adults and no one knows why.

Researchers say these findings are troubling because this means the increase in colorectal cancer diagnoses are not just because of more screening and colonoscopies, CBS News reports.

This may help explain why women generally have higher levels of empathy and self-control but are also at higher risk of brain disorders like depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer's disease. Siegel said, "I think we're going to need more time for etiologic studies to try to understand this". While the study didn't focus on individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics claimed that "Ashkenazi Jews have higher rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) than any other ethnic group".

The increase was limited to whites, among whom mortality rates increased by 1.4 percent per year, from 3.6 in 2004 to 4.1 in 2014.

The study's discovery is only seen in Caucasian individuals between ages 20 to 29, which puzzled researchers because African Americans are more prone to developing colon cancer. After 2004, death rates began to increase slightly each year, reaching 4.3 per 100,000 in 2014.

Black individuals in the US had death rates from this form of the deadly disease slipped 0.4 per cent to 1.1 per cent annually, on average. However, the study adds, "the increase in young adults followed a decade of rapid declines during the late 1970s and early 1980s".

The ACA recommends most people start colon cancer screenings at age 50.

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It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America and it's on the rise.

Center officials are calling for people to take the results into consideration when receiving cancer treatment to gauge the characteristics of each hospital, while stressing they do not indicate which hospitals are the best.

Siegel notes that the findings are surprising because they appear to be inconsistent with trends for major risk factors in colorectal cancer, such as obesity. Routine screening is generally not recommended for most adults under the age of 50.

Why this is so is unclear, Siegel said. These include obesity, which is increasing among all races and would suggest colorectal cancer rates should be going up among all races, too. Conversely, rates declined in black individuals in every age group.

Cancer sucks. It's something we can all agree on.

If caught in the early stages when colorectal cancer is confined to the bowel, treatment results in a cure approximately 50 percent of the time, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Know the symptoms. Persistent bleeding from the rectum or in the stool, cramping and change in bowel habits are the most common symptoms associated with colorectal cancer.

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