The cancers that are increasingly killing young people

Cancer usually becomes more of a health threat as you grow older. But a study at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center shows that some cancers are becoming increasingly prevalent among the young.

According to this research, during the next 15 years more than 10 percent of colon cancers and about 25 percent of rectal cancers will be diagnosed in people under the age of 50.

And most medical experts do not even recommend getting screened for these types of cancer before you are 50.

Statistic show these dangers are drastically increasing in younger people. Colon cancer in people between the ages of 20 and 34 is expected to jump 90 percent by the year 2030. Rectal cancer will increase by more than 124 percent.

The researchers believe the growth in cancer rates is mainly rooted in the fact young people weigh too much, don’t exercise and eat too much processed foods.

“This is an important moment in cancer prevention,” says researcher George J. Chang. “We’re observing the potential real impact of CRC (colon and rectal cancer) among young people if no changes are made in public education and prevention efforts. This is the moment to reverse this alarming trend.”

Ironically, these types of cancer are declining among older people. More older people (over the age of 50) are being screened and preventive programs are helping seniors experience less cancer.

No matter what your age, embarking in an exercise program, eating more fruits and vegetables as well as keeping your weight down can reduce your risk of these deadly cancers. If you are under the age of 50, now’s the time to clean up your daily habits.

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.