Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Cancer survival rates released for 188 hospitals in Japan

Cancer survival rates released for 188 hospitals in Japan

"While the risk of colorectal cancer remains low among young adults and middle-aged people, the increase of mortality strongly suggest that the increase of the incidence of this tumor result from other factors that of the only early detection", conclude the researchers.

The American Cancer Society said young adults are dying from colon and rectal cancers at an increasing rate.

"We're learning more and more all the time about how important the balance of the microbiome is, particularly in the colon and how that relates to health", Siegal said.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer include pain in the abdomen, bloody stool, constipation, weight loss, and change in bowel patterns.

A study released by the American Cancer Society (ACS) Tuesday shows a steady rise in colorectal cancer (also known as colon cancer) among young people, according to NBC News. While the study didn't focus on individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics claimed that "Ashkenazi Jews have higher rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) than any other ethnic group".

To minimize your risk, Dr. Naqvi said it's best to be proactive and get your screenings done early.

Experts are divided as to whether the findings should prompt a change in screening guidelines.

Researchers say the findings are particularly worrisome because this means the increase in diagnoses in this age group is not exclusively the result of more screening with colonoscopies.

Gastroenterologist and CBS News Senior Medical Editor, Dr. John Lapook said that while the study also found that colon cancer death rates for non-white patients have not gone up, their overall rate is still higher.

The researchers used data from the National Center for Health Statistics to analyze colorectal cancer deaths in people ages 20 to 54 from 1970 to 2014.

The data, which encompass nearly 250,000 people, come from the National Center for Health Statistics and information it collects from death certificates. After 2004, death rates began to increase slightly each year, reaching 4.3 per 100,000 in 2014.

Mortality rates declined among black individuals by 0.4% (95% CI, -0.6 to -0.3) annually to 1.1% (95% CI, -1.5 to -0.7) annually, from 8.1 per 100,000 in 1970 to 6.1 per 100,000 in 2014.

According to the newly published report, death rates from colorectal cancer among White people in the aforementioned age group are rising by 1 per cent each year. "The answer is that no one really knows why this is happening", Siegel said.

This surge in colorectal cancer deaths was particularly surprising since, for decades, screening has been recommended for those 50 years old and up.

Colonoscopy, which is performed by gastroenterologists, is the most common method to screen for colon cancer.

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