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Younger people should be aware of colorectal cancer

As with many cancers in the U.S., rates for colorectal cancer have generally been declining for several years.

But a new study found an alarming trend. Colorectal cancer is rising sharply among young and middle-aged adults.

The study, published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that between the mid-1980s and 2013, colorectal cancer rates increased about 1 to 2 percent per year for people in their 20s and 30s. Rates for middle-aged adults also rose, but at a slower pace.

American Cancer Society researcher Rebecca Siegel, who led the study, suggested one explanation might be a complex interaction involving the same factors that have contributed to an obesity epidemic in the U.S. Those are changes in diet, a sedentary lifestyle, excess weight and low fiber consumption.

At Signature Medical Group, we are concerned about the new study and want to make sure you’re not part of a growing trend. Our colorectal specialists offer state-of-the-art treatment for disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. Our specialists focus on minimally invasive surgeries to try to limit your pain and recovery time. We work closely with gastroenterologists and other specialists to ensure you or loved one will receive effective, personalized and supportive care.

To help prevent or limit colorectal cancer, the American Cancer Society and other health groups have generally recommended colonoscopies or other screening tests starting at age 50 for a person with an average risk.

But with the latest study, some health experts are calling for screenings at an earlier age.

If you have questions, our Signature Medical Group colorectal specialists are here to help. Be proactive. Make an appointment today and start on the road to better care.