Preventable colorectal cancer kills younger and younger CanadiansStaff Writer | March 4, 2019
Colorectal cancer may touch you, your family members, or a friend and it remains the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Canada.
Canada 28,600 Canadians were diagnosed with the disease
Colorectal cancer incidence and death rates are slowly falling among adults aged 50 and over due to improved screening and better treatments, however, they continue to climb among younger Canadians for reasons yet to be determined.
Research comparing age groups of different generations have revealed that people born around 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer of those born in 1950.
In addition to this increased risk, younger patients are often diagnosed at a later stage because they ignore the signs and symptoms and their physicians don't necessarily suspect cancer at a young age.
To engage young Canadians, Colorectal Cancer Canada provides colorectal cancer information and support services tailored to their specific needs through its Never Too Young (N2Y) Program.
Though highly preventable and curable when detected early, an estimated 26,800 Canadians were diagnosed with colorectal cancer last year and about 9,400 Canadians sadly died from it. One in 13 men and one in 16 women are expected to develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime. ■