Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport
Colon cancer deaths among young people are expected to double by 2030, experts warn.
Cancer, which is especially hard to treat due to late diagnosis and broad symptoms, is also expected to become the number one cause of cancer deaths in people under 50 by the end of the decade.
Doctors are still trying to determine what’s behind the unprecedented rise, but theories include modern diets, antibiotic use, and fungus.
Dr. Christopher Lieu, co-director of gastrointestinal medical oncology at the University of Colorado Medicine, said: ‘Colorectal cancer will be the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in [patients] 20 to 49.’
Speaking at a cancer conference in Chicago on Saturday, he added: ‘This is a humongous issue.’
Cancers of the colon and rectum are currently the third most common type in the US and the third leading cause of death of both men and women.
Dr. Lieu said that in young people, both diagnoses and death rates are climbing, even though rates in older populations are declining.
The American Cancer Society estimates about 153,000 colorectal cancer cases will be detected this year, including 19,500 among those under 50 years old.
Some 52,550 people are expected to die from the disease.
In a March report from the ACS, scientists warned that the rate of colon cancer in people aged 50 to 54 nationwide was now nearly 60 per 100,000.
For comparison, between 1975 to 1979, the rate was around 40 per 100,000 – indicating a 50 percent increase in around 45 years.
About 43 percent of diagnoses were in people aged 45 to 49.
The US is not the only country seeing these alarming rates. A 2023 review found that while the US had an early-onset colorectal cancer rate of 12.4 per 100,000 people, Australia had 13.5, Norway had 10.5, Korea had 10.1, and the United Kingdom had 9.3.
‘We don’t know why this trend is being seen in numerous countries that have different diets and exposures and environmental factors,’ Dr. Lieu said.