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Doctors see ‘frightening’ trend in colorectal cancer

Actor Chadwick Boseman’s death from colorectal cancer at 43 was a shock to many, but it’s indicative of a trend doctors haven’t been able to explain yet.

“It is very true that we are seeing a trend towards new diagnoses of colorectal cancer in younger individuals,” said Dr. Dana Sloane, a gastroenterologist with Kaiser Permanente in Maryland.

In 2020, 12% of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in people younger than 50, Sloane said.

“It’s a very frightening statistic. It’s one we don’t understand very well,” she said. “We know that the modifiable risk factors are things like obesity and smoking and inactivity.”

 

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