The Weekly: Sugary drinks and colorectal cancer, sunscreen recalls and more

Published on July 16, 2021

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Colon Cancer Is Rising in Younger Adults. Do Sugary Drinks Play a Role?

Colon Cancer Is Rising in Younger Adults. Do Sugary Drinks Play a Role?

MONDAY, June 5, 2021 (The New York Times)—Colon and rectal cancers are rising in younger adults, though researchers aren’t sure why. A new study of women and diet suggests that sugar-sweetened drinks may play a role.

Rates of colorectal cancer in people under 50 have increased sharply in recent years. Compared with people born around 1950, those born around 1990 have twice the risk for colon cancer and four times the risk for rectal cancer.

In other news…

Annual Report to the Nation: Rapid decrease in lung cancer and melanoma deaths lead overall continued decline in cancer death rate
July 8, National Institutes of Health

Johnson & Johnson recalling 5 sunscreen products due to discovery of cancer-causing chemical
July 14, The Hill

Tennessee abandons vaccine outreach to minors — not just for COVID-19
July 13, The Tennessean

‘One in a Million’: Anne with an E’s Miranda McKeon on Getting Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 19
July 14, People

Foundation news

Screenings For Cancer Dropped Dramatically During The Pandemic

This NPR story on cancer screenings during the pandemic features information provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation and a clip from President and Chief Operating Officer Jody Hoyos. Listen now.

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