Colorectal Cancers on the Rise in Young People

Results of a new study from the American Cancer Society, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on February 28 th , found colorectal cancer (CRC) rates, which had been steadily declining in people aged 55 and older, have actually been increasing annually for younger adults in their 20s (2.4%) and 30s (1%).

Rebecca Siegel, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society and the lead author of the new report noted that people born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared to someone born at a similar age in 1950. These stats are alarming. Even more so since young people are rarely screened by colonoscopy, which is typically not recommended until the age 50 for people who are at an average risk. 

This study’s findings highlight the immediate need for screening initiation in younger adults as well as the remaining urgency for effective and safe therapies that can be used in younger patients without the toxic effects associated with current treatment options. XBiotech is dedicated to delivering such options.