The Overall Rate Of Colon Cancer Has Fallen – Part 3 of 3
So “We’re not saying the proportion is shifting”. Most colon cancer is still happening to older people. But I do regard we need to do a much better job at early-age detection. Because another thing we observed is that those young adults who get colon cancer have a higher stage of cancer at diagnosis. And that has awesome implications when we look at survival”. But what exactly is driving the trend? “That’s the 20-million-dollar question right there”, who acknowledged that there is no simple explanation at hand.
And “But what I can say is that we lack more awareness of the trend among both patients and doctors. Because at this point, key symptoms among young adults, like blood in the stool, weight loss or other complaints, are often ignored”. Dr Andrew Chan, an subsidiary professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an associate professor of medicine and gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said the findings “should give us pause”.
Because the real risk among young people is still quite low, I don’t think by any means that these findings suggest that we need to change what we do in clinical practice. But because we don’t really be aware why this is happening, we have to stop and consider a range of different possibilities. And really think critically about what is it about our lifestyle or environment that may be responsible of this increase in incidence”.