Colorectal Cancer Death Rate Rising Among Young Whites

Drop in death rates Among black individuals mortality declined throughout the study period

The researchers also found that the rise in death rates from colorectal cancer was confined to White individuals.

"This indicates that the increase in incidence is not exclusively due to more colonoscopy use and increased detection, but a true increase in disease occurrence that is of sufficient magnitude to outweigh improvements in survival that have occurred in all age groups because of better treatment", Siegel said. "Most of the time when we do a colonoscopy, they say 'that wasn't as bad as I thought it was, and I wish I would have done that earlier, '" said Dr. Steele.

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"One would have to think that lifestyle may play a role", Berlin said, positing that a more sedentary lifestyle and obesity increase risk of cancer."
For the other ethnic groups, the mortality rate has decreased from 1970 to 2006 and then stabilized.

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Whites in their 40s saw deaths from colon cancer jump nearly 2 percent annually from 2005 to 2014.

Black individuals in the US had death rates from this form of the deadly disease slipped 0.4 per cent to 1.1 per cent annually, on average. "This indicates that there's actually a true increase in disease".

The ACA recommends most people start colon cancer screenings at age 50. The analysis included more than 242,000 people who died from colorectal cancer during this time.

The indicators of colorectal cancer are not good.

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Why this is so is unclear, Siegel said.

"The trend in colorectal cancer death rates in blacks is consistent with incidence trends, which are stable", Rebecca L. Siegel, MPH, director of surveillance information at the American Cancer Society, told HemOnc Today.

The report was published August 8 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Conversely, rates declined in black individuals in every age group.

Increased mortality was particularly unexpected among those aged 50 to 54 years, for whom screening has been recommended since the 1970s.

Siegel notes that the findings are surprising because they appear to be inconsistent with trends for major risk factors in colorectal cancer, such as obesity.

While research is ongoing to look into what may be causing this, experts believe the answer may lie at least partly in the microbiome - the bacteria that normally thrive in the body.

The important thing for now is to catch the cancer early on.

Colon cancer symptoms may include rectal bleeding, change in bowel movement and abdominal discomfort.