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12/23/14

Alarming Trend : Colorectal Cancer Surging in Younger Patients

Philadelphia—A growing number of younger patients are being diagnosed with aggressive colorectal cancer, even as the incidence of the disease among older patients is declining, new research shows.

The incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer (CRC) among patients younger than age 50 has been rising at an annual rate of 1.5% per year, compared with an annual decrease of 3.1% among older individuals over the past decade, according to the study. Individuals with early-onset disease tend to have larger tumors that are more likely to metastasize.

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