Colon Cancer Rates are
increasing: Learn How to prevent
While recent statists
have revealed that the incidence of colorectal cancer is declining in the general population, it is not the case for colon cancer in young
adults, according to a recent study conducted by theJournal of the American Medical
It was great news to hear the decline of colorectal cancer in the past few years after the study
came out. But this recent research has proven something bitter to swallow; colon cancer decreases is only in the older population; it is increasing among older
youth, according to a study published November
5 of this year (2014) by JAMA
conclude these results, Dr. Christina Bailey of the Department of SurgicalOncology, University of Texas
analyzed data from the National
Cancer Institute, which spread from 1975 to 2010.
Dr. Christina Bailey has noticed that, over a period of 35 years, the incidence
of colorectal cancer has declined by about
1% per year during this period in men
and women 50 years and older. But the number of cases diagnosed in
individuals aged 20-34 years were increasing by
2% per year. In the age group
35-49 years, the annual increase
was 0.5%. According to Dr.
Bailey, if the trend continues, the incidence of colon cancer
could increase by 90% by 2030,
while the risk of developing rectal cancer could grow by 142.2% in 20-34 year old. Among those aged 35 to 49 people, the increase would be
27.7% for colon cancer
and 46% for cancer of the rectum.
Uncertainty of potential causes remains
Although the study has
revealed the effects, it is difficult at this
time to determine the causes of the increase of colon
cancer. The researchers just speculate potential factors which can lead to these unsatisfying results.
Dr. Christina Bailey commented that “the increase
in the incidence of colorectal cancer among young adults is alarming, and underlines the
need to investigate its possible causes and the influence of external
parameters such as the lack of screening
and behavioral factors".
Other medical specialists
such as Dr. Jules Garbus, colorectal surgeon at Winthrop University Hospital in the state of New York, stated that "The
diet and lifestyle of this population must be carefully analyzed.” Additionally, the doctor pointed out the importance to study genetic links that can lead to the increases.
Consuming unhealthy foods is a risk factor of the occurrence of many cancers, including colorectal cancer.
Therefore, eating a balanced diet, according to the recommendations of the National Health and
Nutrition Program, and maintaining a healthy weight are important elements in cancer
prevention. Overweight and obesity have in fact recognized in the occurrence of not
only colon cancer but as well as, kidney cancer, rectal cancer, esophageal cancer and liver
The same, certain foods can also help to prevent cancer. This is the case of fruit
and cruciferous vegetables in general, through their effects on overweight, but also because of
their fiber content that would help reduce the risk of formation of tumor cells. Certain
vegetables such as moringa, watercress, kale, broccoli, graviola must not be
neglected in your tentative to prevent colon cancer. Fore more information, visit our cancer prevention section