Study Finds Ascent in Colorectal Cancer Death Rate in Young, White Adults

The American Medical Association reported an alarming increase in death rate on account of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer, typically associated with aged people, is notably claiming much younger, white adults. Rebec Siegel, lead author of the report, and epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society, states that over the past decade colorectal cancer has been prevalently claiming people under the age of 55. The change in the trend earlier associated with the disease has changed, and it is not clear why. The study, however, reports a decline in the death rate by 2% annually in the previous decades.

However, Young Black Adults Witness Drop in Death Rates

The researchers are puzzled, as colorectal cancer risk is strongly linked to obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Black adults have a higher percentage of obesity among their ranks, as compared to whites. Yet, mortality has declined over the same duration among this population in America according to the report. The study finds that between 2004 and 2014, deaths due to colorectal cancer rose from 3.6 to 4.1 deaths per 100,000 people, between the age group of 20 to 54. It is approximately a rate of 1.4 percent annually. Furthermore, the cancer is predicted to cause over 50,000 deaths in 2017. The analysts stress on the importance of taking screening tests before reaching the age of 50, especially those with family history.