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About the Program

Colorectal cancer doesn’t care how old you are, but we do.  

Colorectal cancer is affecting a rising number of young people. We’re committed to learning more about it and providing support to young-onset CRC patients and survivors.

The Alliance’s Never Too Young (N2Y) Program, with the support of a dedicated Taskforce, is changing how the world sees this disease. Together, we’re increasing awareness, building a community, and learning more about young-onset colorectal cancer.

What is Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer?

Patients are considered to have young-onset colorectal cancer if they are diagnosed before they turn 50 years old. The incidence rate of colorectal cancer is rising by about 2% annually in young people. By 2030, researchers predict that colorectal cancer will be the leading cause of cancer deaths in people ages 20-49. Researchers have not concluded why young-onset colorectal cancer is on the rise, but the Alliance is funding research to help find out. 

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