Colorectal Cancers in Young People

By Dr. Daniel A. Vorobiof, Belong.Life Chief Medical Director.

Over the past 20 years, there has been a slowly but steady increase in the number of younger people diagnosed with colorectal cancer. A major concern is how to identify them earlier in their disease and with that in mind the American Cancer Society and other institutions have changed the guidelines for colorectal cancer screening and lowered the age for the initial check up to 45 years instead of 50 as it was before.

In order to look at certain prognostic factors that could identify patients at high risk of developing this disease, many epidemiological studies have been done looking at certain diets and lifestyles that could promote colorectal cancer from a young age.

The most important related factors that probably play an important role in elevating the subsequent risk of developing this disease as a young adult are obesity, sedentary behaviour, higher consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, and lower vitamin D, as well as family history.

Hopefully in the near future researchers will be able to identify a more comprehensive risk profile of those younger patients who are more likely to develop colorectal cancers, and then adopt and recommend appropriate preventative approaches.

This content is provided for your general education and information only. It does not necessarily reflect Belong’s views and opinions. Belong does not endorse or support any specific product, service, or treatment.

Belong.Life is a leading global tech provider of high-engagement patient communities and care platforms, supporting millions of patients worldwide.

Among Belong.Life’s brands are the world’s largest social and professional networks for cancer patients (Belong – Beating Cancer Together) and multiple sclerosis patients (BelongMS), as well as i-Belong, BelongIBD, BelongPSOCoronApp (select countries), and more.

Belong.Life’s mission is to improve quality of life and quality of care worldwide through technology, engagement, data, and AI.

Skip to content