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Cancer Watch Out for Younger Patients


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Cancer affects everyone and anyone

In recent years, there has been a worrisome trend of an increase in colorectal cancer with younger people. Normally colorectal cancer affects older adults but more and more people under the age of 55 are being diagnosed at an alarming rate. According to Dr. Al-Rajabi in an interview with the Daily Mail, an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the percentage has almost doubled with 70% so unwell because they go undiagnosed for so long. In this blog, we’ll look at what can be done to better address this issue.

 

Potential Causes.

·       Diet and lifestyle from low consumption of fruits, vegetables, and fiber have been linked to colorectal cancer. By contrast, high consumption of processed food and red meat can be contributing factors. Younger people are spending more time sedentary with remote jobs or increased screen time.

·       Environmental Factors such as exposure to pollutants and toxins can also be a factor.

·       Microbiome changes to one’s gut health can influence and increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Certain antibiotics or even the increased use of medications may play a role. Interestingly, since the pandemic began in 2020, colorectal cancer has continued to trend upward with no explanation from the medical community.

 

Early Warning Signs.

Because younger patients often don’t consider cancer as the possibility of their ailments, it’s important to have increased awareness of early warning signs. Because early detection plays a significant factor in a positive outcome, young people should recognize possible symptoms of colorectal cancer which can include abdominal pain, fatigue, weight loss, blood in the stool, and other changes in bowel movements. If these symptoms persist, getting a medical consultation can confirm or rule out colorectal cancer. Screening that is done earlier can also help. The American Cancer Society now recommends screening starting at 45 years old versus 50. Whatever the age, if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, screening earlier could be beneficial.

 

Act.

·       For many cancers let alone colorectal, a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is recommended. Reduction in processed foods and eating lean proteins is also prudent.

·       Maintaining a healthy body by exercising and avoiding harmful substances like tobacco or alcohol can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

·       Be proactive and learn the latest screening and advances in colorectal cancer. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have symptoms or concerns about your risks.

 

 

Dayspring Cancer Clinic

Talk to our medical director Dr. Andrew Dickens about your concerns about colorectal cancers. Dayspring has been working with patients with colorectal cancer for well over 10 years and understands how best to mitigate the risk and treat those concerned about or who have colorectal cancer. Call 480-699-7400 or schedule a consultation at https://www.dayspringcancerclinic.com/contact.

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