According to the conclusion of a new study focused on rectal and high colon cancer, it appears that the two life-threatening conditions are more prevalent in young people than in the elderly. The study shows that although the rate of colon and rectal cancer diagnosed in adults over the age of 50 has decreased in the last decade, more and more young adult have been identified with the condition. What’s even more daunting it that the scientists are unable to explain this peculiar spike.
Previous research pointed out that, in approximately 90 percent of all diagnosed cases of high colon and rectal cancer, the patients were most likely elderly. However, these studies also reveal in some 10 percent of cases, the patients diagnosed with one of the two conditions were approximately 50 years of age.
However, a new study performed by the American Cancer Society reveals a frightening new trend – while the rate of adults in their 50s diagnosed with high colon and rectal cancer has decreased significantly, more and more young people, especially those in their 20s and 30s, have received the terrible news.
Furthermore, the American Cancer Society’s study, which was published on the 28th of February in the prestigious National Cancer Institute Journal, points out that there’s are no clues to explain this deadly new trend.
Baffling enough, the study pertaining to the prevalence of rectal and high colon cancer among young adults also revealed that all persons born between the 1890-1950 timeframe are less susceptible to these aggressive forms of cancers than the young ones.
It appears that the turning point for this deadly new trend was somewhere in the late 50s. However, the scientists were not able to identify a plausible cause. As far as predictions are concerned, the American Cancer Society announced that the news isn’t great.
It would seem that for 2017, the researchers have predicted over 13,500 new cases of rectal and colon cancer. Moreover, all new high colon and rectal cancer will be identified in individuals beneath the age of 50. As for the nation-wide distribution, the American Cancer Society has predicted that colon cancer will affect approximately 95,500, while the rectal condition will affect approximately 40,000 people.
Rebecca Siegel, one of the study’s co-authors, revealed that colon and rectal cancer would affect 5 per million in the case of people born in the 90s, and only 3 per million in the case of those born during the early and late 50s.
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