This week, researchers from the American Cancer Society published a troubling new study in JAMA showing that colorectal cancer rates are rising among people in their 20s and 30s. The rate of death, while still small, has also been increasing among people age 20 to 54, to 4.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014, up from 3.9 per 100,000 in 2004.

No one knows what factors may be driving the rise in cases. Young people usually aren’t considered at risk for colorectal cancers, and most medical groups don’t recommend routine screening until age 50 unless someone has a family history or other inherited risk factors.

This week, researchers from the American Cancer Society published a troubling new study in JAMA showing that colorectal cancer rates are rising among people in their 20s and 30s. The rate of death, while still small, has also been increasing among people age 20 to 54, to 4.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014, up from 3.9 per 100,000 in 2004. No one knows what factors may be driving the rise in cases. Young people usually aren’t considered at risk for colorectal cancers, and most medical groups don’t recommend routine screening until age 50 unless someone has a family history or other inherited risk factors.

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SRC: Science Life