Colorectal Cancer Rates
Monday, September 7, 2009

Regular screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for people 50 and older, but that number may be too low. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that has found colorectal cancer rates for young people are increasing in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Colorectal cancer rates are rising in people younger than 50. That finding, reported by the American Cancer Society, conflicts with falling colorectal cancer rates among U.S. adults 50 and older.

Routine screening for colorectal cancer starts at 50 for people at average risk; screening may start earlier for high-risk patients.

Researchers studied data on a number of colorectal cancer cases diagnosed in U.S. adults 20 to 49 years old from 1992 through 2005.

The data show 10,913 new cases of colorectal cancer in men and 9,733 new cases in women during that period.

Overall, the rate of colorectal cancer diagnosis per 100,000 young adults rose by 1.5 percent per year in men and by 1.6 percent per year in women.

The reasons for the rise in colorectal cancer rates in people younger than 50 isnít clear. Rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes might be factors, and diet may also play a part, according to researchers.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.