Colorectal Cancer Incidence Increasing in Adults Under 50

The incidence of colorectal cancer among adults under age 50 has increased by 2.1 percent in the past decade, according to findings published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers looked at 64,068 cases of colon and rectal cancer in adults under age 50 between Jan. 1998-Dec. 2007. The found the increase was 3.9 percent for rectal cancer and 2.7 percent for colon cancer. These findings contrast the decreasing incidence rate for colorectal cancer in adults over age 50.

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