Millennials and Gen X At Increased Risk for Colon/Rectal Cancer

February 28, 2017

 

 

Researchers from the American Cancer Society announced that for Millennials (those born between 1980-2000) and Gen X people (those born between 1960-1980s) -- there is a serious increase in risk for colon and rectal cancer.

 

Anybody born after 1990 has double the risk of early colon cancer and quadruple the risk of early rectal cancer compared with someone born in 1950. 

 

Researchers can’t pinpoint the reason for the increase, but they believe it is related to obesity, inactivity, and poor diets.

 

They say they have been successful in reducing colon/rectal cancer because of increased screening and awareness for older people, but the risk has unexpectedly increased for younger people. 

 

Even though there is an increased risk, no health group has recommended young adults to get screenings — but there might be a change in the future. People over 50 years ago are still recommended to undergo screening.

 

It’s interesting — I thought screenings are always a good thing, but they can be negative — due to the risk of either a false positive or a false negative report. Some screenings also are invasive and bring a risk of a serious medical accident. 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/28/colon-rectal-cancers-millennials-generation-x/98483844/

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