A recent study found that millennials aren’t immune to the side effects of poor diet and lifestyle habits.
More millennials are getting colorectal cancer, and the diagnoses are rising steadily. The rates of colon cancer in American adults in their 20s and 30s increased by at least 1 percent and as much as 2.4 percent every single year from the mid-1980s to 2013, according to a recent Journal of the National Cancer Institute study. While that number may not seem like a lot, the increase year after year is alarming.
Colorectal cancer, which can form in either the colon (colon cancer) or rectum (rectal cancer), is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among both men and women in the U.S. with roughly 135,000 new cases each year, according to the American Cancer Society. It’s generally associated with older people and screening isn’t recommended until age 50, but the study found that almost one-third of rectal cancer patients are under age 55.
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