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Young Onset


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.

2017 Young Onset Colorectal Survey Report


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.

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2017 Young Onset Survey Report

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Colorectal Cancer Under 50

While we know about the rise in this disease in those under 50, recent studies by UC Irvine Health digestive disease physicians put a real and alarming fact into hard focus: you're never too young for colon cancer.

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