Adolescent Colorectal Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, incidence and mortality rates are increasing in the under 50 population (young-onset), while decreasing in those over 50. In fact, early screening is highly recommended for those with a family history of colorectal cancer. Commonly referred to as an “old man’s disease,” colorectal cancer pays no attention to age.

Are you at risk for colorectal cancer? Common symptoms include changes in bowel habits, chronic blood loss abdominal discomfort, weight loss, weakness or fatigue and vomiting. If you notice any of these symptoms, please consult your health specialist immediately.

Remember, screening saves lives! For more information on young-onset colorectal cancer, please visit The Colon Cancer Alliance. Learn more about colorectal cancer risk factors and hear from colorectal cancer patients and survivors.

Regional Gi is located online at www.regionalgi.com. Please consult Regional Gi’s board-certified gastrointestinal specialists if you are concerned about your risk.