Researchers of American Cancer Society investigate data from more than 490,000 colon cancer/colorectal cancer cases in people who were 20 or older from 1974 to 2013 and they found that compared to people who born in 1950, people who born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer.
And researchers are not yet sure what is behind the rise, but they have some theories. For one, who have the same lifestyle factors contributing to the growing obesity epidemic are also associated with colorectal cancer.
Lead epidemiologist on the study, Rebecca Siegel said that – behaviors that provide to poor diet, like a low consumption of milk products and high consumption of red lead to colorectal cancer. And Dr. Cercek said that – some researchers exploring the link between gut microbiome changes and cancer, but have yet to determine any direct link.
Dr. Cercek and Siegel say you should not ignore these type of symptoms, even if you are young and the symptoms are here –
- Bleeding from the rectum
- Blood in the stool – which can be dark or bright red
- Abdominal cramping
- Persistent constipation or diarrhea
- Unexplained weight loss
- A change in your bowel movements – whether that is timing, frequency, shape of stool or amount of stool.
If any of you experience any of these symptoms for more than a week, then you should talk to a doctor. And you should also do your homework before your appointment and find out if you have a family history of colorectal cancer.
By eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, fiber and by cutting down on red and processed meats, you can lower your risk of colorectal cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercise will also protect you.
So try to know your body and know the symptoms and try to live a healthy and active lifestyle.