MedPage Today May 26, 2024
Randy Dotinga

— While cases remain rare in younger people, they’re much more common than 25 years ago

WASHINGTON — Though overall numbers remain very low, annual colorectal cancer (CRC) rates in the U.S. have more than tripled among teenagers over the past two decades, coinciding with increases across all younger age groups, an analysis of the CDC Wonder Database found.

From 1999 to 2020, annual CRC rates among children ages 10-14 jumped by 500% (reaching 0.6 per 100,000 in 2020), while rates rose by 333% in teens ages 15-19 (1.3 per 100,000) and by 185% among adults ages 20-24 (reaching 2 per 100,000), reported Islam Mohamed, MD, of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in a presentation at the annual Digestive Disease...

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