ICYMI: April 27, 2018

Published on April 27, 2018

Updated on November 1, 2019

ICYMI: April 27, 2018

5 colon cancer symptoms you should know -- even if you're young

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5 Colon Cancer Symptoms You Should Know—Even if You’re Young

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (Prevention) — For most healthy twentysomethings, cancer doesn’t seem like a serious threat. After all, the median age for cancer diagnosis is 66.

But last year, a sobering new study from American Cancer Society revealed colorectal cancer (colon cancer and rectal cancer) rates had been rising among adults in their 20s and 30s. At first, researchers chalked it up to enhanced screenings leading to early diagnosis, but later realized more young people were dying from the disease, which is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in America. About 140,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2018.

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