Early-onset colon or rectum cancer in people younger than 50
There's no such thing as too young
Colorectal cancer (cancer in the colon or rectum) has become a reality for many people younger than age 50, and it’s the only group where incidence rates are on the rise. In fact, 11% of colon cancer diagnoses and 18% of rectal cancer diagnoses occur in those under 50. We’re committed to finding answers, supporting those diagnosed and empowering people to take a proactive approach to their health.
The hard reality: you’re never too young for colorectal cancer. That’s why we need to educate ourselves about the risks of this disease now regardless if you currently have symptoms or are of average-risk.
Information about early-onset colorectal cancer is continuing to change and those diagnosed are facing challenges that we’re committed to addressing.
2018 Young-Onset Colorectal Survey Report
In June 2018, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance launched its third annual survey of young-onset colorectal cancer patients, survivors, and, for the first time, caregivers. The Alliance uses the survey to learn about and track the self-reported medical, psychosocial, and quality of life experiences of these often overlooked groups. The Alliance solicited participation over social media, email, and web-based communities. Over a 30-day period, the Alliance received 1,622 responses (1195 patients/survivors and 427 caregivers) from 38 countries.
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