Obviously, R29 is a big fan of toilet talk. But new research suggests that we should be paying even more attention to our bowel health because, after decades of declining rates, colon and rectal cancers are on the rise again in younger people.
For the study, published online today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers analyzed data from the government’s long-running Surveillance Epidemiology and End Result (SEER) program. They zoomed into data collected between 1974 and 2013 in nine areas of the country. That gave them information for 490,305 patients who were at least 20 years old and diagnosed with colorectal cancer during their lives.
From there, the researchers were able to calculate the rates of colorectal cancer diagnoses based on when patients were born.
Results confirmed that, overall, rates of colorectal cancers have been declining in the U.S. for the…