How colon cancer can make a young adult sick

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Dr. Randy Rogers, colorectal and gastrointestinal surgeon at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, speaks with CSRLiveWell about the surge in cases of colon and bowel cancers in young people, the risks, and how lifestyles play a role.

Thanks to improved health screenings, the rates of new colon and rectal cancer diagnoses have been falling in the United States for people, age 50 and older. But for those youngsters under 50, for whom routine screenings are not recommended, rates appear to be climbing significantly.

Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center looked at data and current trends. They predict that by the year 2030, the incidence rates of colon cancer for people between the ages of 20 and 34 will increase by 90% and by 124% for rectal cancer.

About CHRISTUS Santa Rosa

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System was founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The sisters heeded the call from the Catholic bishop of Texas to care for the multitude of sick, infirm, and orphaned in the Texas frontier. When the sisters arrived in San Antonio, the population was only 12,000 and there was no public hospital - until the sisters founded CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital.

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