This news has been brewing for some time, but it took until recently for the full breadth of the epidemic to come to light. Colorectal cancer, a dangerous and often fatal disease, has been striking more young people than it used – and experts are scratching their heads:
Cases of colon and rectal cancer are on the rise in people under the age of 50, a group that’s rarely screened for them. According to a recent study, rates among younger people increased by more than 11% between 2004 and 2014.
The disease seems especially likely to strike nonwhite patients, including Black Americans and First Nations cultures in Alaska, among others.
Generally patients complain of bleeding first, possibly accompanied by pain or discomfort during bowel movements. Although these symptoms can easily be dismissed as hemorrhoids or anal fissure, it’s important to rule out a diagnosis of cancer, a step many doctors fail to take.
The good news is that early detection can make a big difference, as can the demonstrable superior health of younger patients:
“But because they are younger, they do better,” Brooks says. “Someone diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer in their 30s can tolerate more aggressive treatment and will therefore be more likely to do better than someone in their 80s who has stage 3 colorectal cancer along with other health problems.”
You can’t be too careful when it comes to anal cancer, colorectal cancer, and other deadly diseases of proctology. To get your screening today and discuss the best options of anal pain treatment, contact the Proctology Institute.