United States: The CDC highlights that there has been a major surge in colon cancer incidences in children; from 20 years ago, the rates have risen to 500 percent. 

More about the rising cases incidences 

Young adults between 15-19 years and 20-24 years were found to have increased by 333 percent and 185 percent, respectively, in the cases noted by the study, wfla.com reported. 

Moffitt Cancer Center agrees with this but offers the clarification that while the rate of increase is high, the absolute numerical incidence remains quite low. The information was unveiled on Monday at the Digestive Disease Week showing that. 

Tiago Bianchi, an oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, said, “These findings are definitely alarming to our society,” and, “Obviously, this is not a reason to start screening children with colonoscopy, but to discuss what is behind this phenomenon.” 

500% Rise in Childhood Colon Cancer Cases in US: CDC Sounds Alarm. Credit | Getty Images
500% Rise in Childhood Colon Cancer Cases in US: CDC Sounds Alarm. Credit | Getty Images

Bianchi also mentioned that the time taken by colorectal cancer to develop in children diagnosed with the disease was more inclined towards exposing them to risk factors at a “very young age.” 

Causes of colorectal cancer in children 

Among possible causes of colorectal cancer in children include obesity, consumption of diets that consist of processed foods, lack of exercise, and use of antibiotics that alter the natural balance of bacteria in a child’s gut, claims Moffitt Cancer Center, as wfla.com reported. 

Some of the symptoms are abdominal pain that lasts for a long period, bloating, changes in bowel habits, which may be frequent diarrhea or constipation, and if they are losing weight without realizing it, it could be colon cancer. 

It is guided that people without the symptoms of the disease should undergo colonoscopy screening from the age of 45 at the earliest. The judgment for screening should be for anyone exhibiting symptoms of this disease, irrespective of age. 

Know more about gut bacteria 

As investigations into early-onset colorectal cancer continue, some researchers are focusing on the role of the gut microbiome — the trillions of bacteria that live in the gut. 

This is a very blurry line right now, yet it appears that there could be evidence that points to the fact that these microbes could be part of the answer and that the altering of microbiota could provide potential ways in dealing with the deathly disease. 

Amati, a postdoctoral medical scientist, and head nutritionist at ZOE, a science and nutrition company, said, “This is what we are planning to do at ZOE with the support of the CRC UK PROSPECT team: You can get gut microbiome analysis that will tell you your risk and learn about the actions that are proven to reduce it,” healthline.com reported. 

Various principal investigators from all over the world take part in this research, which is supported by Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute. The cure also considers the increase in early-onset cancers as its research area of interest. 


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