Colon and rectal cancers rising in young people

February 28, 2017

In the News: A New York Times report about the rising incidence of colorectal cancer among young adults featured UC Irvine Health oncologist Dr. Jason Zell:

Dr. Jason A. Zell, an associate professor of oncology at the University of California, Irvine, who did a study in 2014 that found increasing rates of colorectal cancer among adults ages 20 to 39 in California, said the big challenge is how to shape health policy.

“By now we know the rates are going up, it’s been reported several times,” Dr. Zell said. “Now the question is, what do we do?”

The article cites a new study from the American Cancer Society that reports a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in adults as young as their 20s and 30s as cancers of the colon and rectum have been declining in older adults in recent decades.

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