Cancer among those under 50 is rising dramatically

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Breast, kidney, liver, and pancreas cancers are some of the types of cancer found to be increasing.


(Jocelyn Solis-Moreira/ Heath) — The risk of cancer in young adults is rising at an alarming rate—and is expected to keep increasing with every new generation, according to new research.

A study published in Nature Reviews: Clinical Oncology that was focused on changes in the incidence of early-onset cancer globally found that since the 1990s, there has been a significant increase in many types of cancer among those under 50 including breast, colon, esophagus, kidney, liver, and pancreas cancer.

“The younger generation is facing a higher risk for many chronic diseases,” Shuji Ojino, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital who served as senior author of the study, told Health. “Cancer is just the tip of the iceberg.” (…)

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