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— April 26, 2017

Colorectal Cancer Rates Spike Among Millennials

  • A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute may convince people to screen for colorectal cancer sooner, rather than later.
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Colorectal cancer has been considered to be so rare among younger people that screening generally isn’t urged until you hit 50. However, a sobering study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute may lead public health authorities to change their minds. The study, led by the American Cancer Society, found that rates of colon cancer among people in their 20s and 30s rose 1% to 2% every year between the mid-80s and 2013, while rates of rectal cancer rose 3% annually. Researchers aren’t sure why, but there it is believed that changes in diet, especially low fiber consumption, and more sedentary lifestyles may play a role. The overall incidence of colorectal cancer among younger people remains low. However, blood in the stool or changes in bowel habits—which can indicate a number of conditions, not just cancer—should always prompt a visit to your practitioner. In addition, the American Institute for Cancer Research (aicr.org, @aicrtweets) suggests that: » You maintain a healthy weight and especially avoid excess belly fat by eating larger produce portions and smaller amounts of high-calorie stu . » You eat plenty of fiber-bearing foods, such as produce, whole grains and beans. » You make one particular vegetable, garlic, a regular part of your diet. » You reduce red meat portions and skip the processed stu entirely. » You either drink in moderation (no more than two a day for men and one for women) or not at all. » You get more activity by building a number of 10-minute breaks into your day.

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