Colon cancer rates DOUBLE among white over 50s from western US in 20 years, study reveals
- Between 1995 and 2015, colorectal cancer rates rose among younger people in the US.
- Rates rose dramatically in states such as Washington, where twice as many people had colorectal cancer in 2015, as in 1995, Ohio State University study found
- There was little change among black and Latin American Americans, but steep increases were observed among white people in the West
- Neither obesity nor heavy drinking were correlated with an increase in colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer rates among young people have increased by a factor of two in the US since 1995, new research reveals.
The disease hits Americans under 50 harder and earlier than ever before, but the revival began more than two decades ago, according to a new study by the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The obesity epidemic was the prime suspect in the continuing increase in colorectal cancer – but the latest research found that this trend of rising alcohol consumption in the US did not correlate with changing cancer rates.
However, one thing was clear: white Americans in the West account for the majority of the increase in colorectal cancer.
Colon cancer is rising among young Americans, especially those who are white and live in the West, where rates have risen by nearly four percent year after year (dark)
Cancer, in general, and colon cancer, in particular, was once considered a disease of old age, with the exception of heart-debilitating childhood cancers such as leukemia and DIPG.
But in recent years, tragic reports of men and women between the ages of 40 and even 30 who die from colorectal cancer have become increasingly common.
According to the new ACS report, colon cancer rates have risen by 0.7 percent each year between 1995 and 2015.
The numbers of rectal cancer increased dramatically and rose 1.7 percent per year over the same period.
At first glance, these may not seem extreme, but some sections of the population are much more affected than others.
While the prices of colorectal cancer remained fairly stable for black and Latin American Americans, they climbed higher and higher among white and western Americans.
Every year colon and rectal cancers increased twice as fast among white people in 10 states as in the country as a whole.
Six of those ten states were in the West, including Washington, where colorectal cancer prices have almost doubled.
Colorado also saw a spectacular increase of almost 60 percent.
Increases in rectal cancer increased across the board, the research team established at Ohio Sate University noted.
Increases were & # 39; usually limited to whites & # 39; and were seen in that population in 40 of the 47 states that provided sufficient data to be analyzed.
Although increases were much more dramatic in western states, rates remained highest in the southern states.
The percentages of obesity are also highest there, and scientists have long suspected that excess body weight helps literally feed cancer.
But when the Ohio State University researchers evaluated the rates of obesity and excessive alcohol consumption – another known risk factor for cancer – and compared these to increases in the state and the colorectal cancer rate, the categories did not match.
Neither heavy drinking nor obesity were associated with increased rates of colorectal cancer among young people.
& # 39; Early-onset colorectal cancer is rising in the US for unknown reasons & # 39 ;, wrote the authors.
& # 39; Geographical differences in the trend may contribute to aetiological hypotheses, but are unknown. & # 39;
So, for now, the alarming increase in young people dying of colon cancer that is often dismissed as IBS remains a mystery.
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