Study: Colon cancer incidences rising among young adults
While colon cancer incidences in the United States have been declining overall, the rate is increasing among young adults, according to a recent study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Jovannie Lorenzo, a Brooklyn mother of three, was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 32. She says it was quite the shock, as people who are 50 years or older are usually screened for the disease.
Dr. Sulaiman Azeez, chief of gastroenterology at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, says that although colon cancer is a silent killer, there are ways of being proactive that include getting a colonoscopy before age 50.
Symptoms of colon cancer can include bloody stool, unintended weight loss, abdominal cramping and a change in bowel movements.
Lorenzo has been cancer-free for five years.