JAMA study: More young people are being diagnosed with colon cancer

JAMA study: More young people are being diagnosed with colon cancer (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new report has some alarming numbers when it comes to colon cancer.

The new report also has health care providers really concerned.

It's a common cancer that has been on the decline in overall numbers, but the new study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Tuesday says it's the “who” that is getting this cancer that still has many really concerned.

Colon cancer is now one of the top cancers diagnosed each year, but now researchers says they are seeing a trend that more young people, more than ever before, are being diagnosed with it.

What's more is that they are not surviving,

Specialists at the Cleveland Clinic say when researchers looked at colon cancer over the past several decades and compared age groups, and different races, they found more people need to get colonoscopies, which detect pre-cancerous lesions.

Researchers found the increase in death rates from colon cancer was in those who were young, and white, but not in other ethnic populations.

While generally screening starts at age 50, this raises the question researchers say as to whether people should start to screen earlier in those at risk.

People already do that in some populations, such as those with a family history of this disease.

Abdominal pain, or changes in bowel habits some of the common symptoms.

Researchers say the danger is that younger people often don't think that these might be something that needs to be checked out further.

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