Bad news for millennials, a study has seen an increase in the number of millennials affected by colon and rectal cancers in the past four decades.
While scientists have not really pinpointed the exact cause of this, inactivity, obesity, and other factors are being considered as the prime suspects by the American Cancer Society.
According to Rebecca Siegel, the lead researcher said that colorectal cnacer is considered a success story because the overall rates have fallen among older adults however, the underlying risks for colorectal cancer is rising quickly among young adults.
With this in mind, a person born in 1990 has twice the risk of developing colon cancer and four times the risk of early rectal cancer compared to someone born in 1950. With this, Millennials and Generation X adults will have more risk and carry this forward as they grow older.
In the USA, the 135,000 annual cases and 50,000 deaths related to colon and rectal cancer occur among people aged 55 and above. The alarming thing however, is that the cases involving younger adults has risen to 29% for rectal cancer and 17% for colon cancer. In 2013, around 11,000 people in their 40s and 4,000 under 40 were diagnosed to contract these cancers.
The study comprised of 500,000 cases from 1974 to 2013 covered a new age-group which other studies from the previous years did not cover.
Overall, people getting colon and rectal cancers today were in their most productive years.