Cancer Rates Surge in Younger Generations

( – According to new research published, cancer diagnoses increased in persons under 50 from 2010 to 2019. Cancer diagnoses in people over 50 decreased during this time. One of the increasing cancers in young people is colon cancer, which is treatable if found early.

Some people suffer from a genetic mutation, one of which is known as Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome may be a factor in growing cancer rates as it increases the risk of many types of cancer and is quickly passed on from parents to children; it is a common form of inherited cancer risk, according to the Lynch Syndrome Center.

The well-known BRCA gene that causes breast and prostate cancer likely has similar origins as Lynch syndrome. The BRCA gene research that has been completed has made it easier for many to find and get medical care related to cancer and cancer prevention.

The Lynch Syndrome Center notes that some estimates show about one in 300 people carry the gene. These people are inherently more likely to get colorectal, uterine, stomach, liver, kidney, or brain cancer before the age of 50.

For a person carrying the Lynch Syndrome genes, there is a lifetime risk of 22 to 74 percenter that they will get colorectal cancer compared to someone who doesn’t have it, which carries a risk of 4 to 5 percent.

Another aspect of Lynch Syndrome or other genetic mutations is that they affect how cancer is treated. Chemotherapy doesn’t work as well as some new immunotherapies that help the immune system fight cancer cells. 

The Lynch Syndrome Center tells people to consider their family history when considering genetic testing. Many families show a history of cancer in young people without ever uncovering why, which is where genetic testing can offer a cause.

If you think you may have this gene, experts encourage you to speak with your doctor and consider genetic testing.

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