Aside from the now well-documented common inherited conditions in colorectal cancer (CRC) there is growing concern and evidence to show that CRC in younger populations is on the increase with the key trigger factors being poor diet, lack of regular physical activity and obesity.  However the rates of young people diagnosed with the disease that lead ‘healthy’ lifestyles are also on the increase.  We know that there is a subset of yet unknown CRC mutations attributable to the rise of the disease in the young.
  • In the United States, CRC is now one of the 10 most commonly diagnosed cancers among men and women aged 20 to 49 years.
  • Figures collated by Bowel Cancer Australia over the past 20 years reveal the number of bowel (colorectal) cancer cases found in people aged between 20 to 34 has risen by 64 per cent. "This is more than five times the increase seen overall across all age groups (12.3 per cent) Colorectal surgeon, Associate Professor Graham Newstead AM, Bowel Cancer Australia
  • Approximately 5 to 10% of CRC are a consequence of a recognised hereditary condition  Nevertheless, up to 20% of people who develop CRC have other family members who have been affected by this disease

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