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Colorectal Cancer increasing by 500% in Young Adults

A recent study shows that colorectal cancer increased 500% among younger adult groups (10-14 years old) from 1999 to 2020 and needs to be scanned as early as possible if symptoms are discovered. Some cases are reported among toddlers under 3 years old babies. Especially for colorectal cancer patients who are young, the fatality rate is higher than for old patients—the data presented at the annual Digestive Disease Week conference.

Dr. Tiago Biachi (MD, PhD), an oncologist in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Department at Moffitt Cancer Center said that “this is not a reason to start screening children with colonoscopy but to discuss what is behind this phenomenon. At least colorectal cancer takes time and [the] usual interval between a polyp and cancer is 5 to 10 years. That means that these children developing colorectal cancer were likely exposed to risk factors since their very young age.”

Experts aren’t sure of the exact cause of the rising colorectal cancer among young adults. However, lifestyle factors may play a role, obesity, ultra-processed food intake, and too much screen time inside rather than outside activities under the sun change the microbiome in the gut environment. Dr. Biachi states that it’s never too early to discuss a balanced diet and encourage physical activity as the only way to keep children healthy and prevent colorectal cancer at a young age.

One of many studies shows that the gut microbiome (at least 200 different bacteria, viruses, and fungi live in the intestine) has a main role in preventing or protecting all inflammations or diseases and physical exercises regularly.

The gut has a gut; the key is what to eat to better your gut for a strong immune system, heart health, improved mood, healthy sleep, brain health, effective digestion, and potential prevention of some cancers, especially colorectal cancer and autoimmune diseases. Eat whole food, like whole grains, fermented food, like Kimchi, yogurt, and kombucha, for better gut health.

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