Cancer rates rising among those under 50

The U.S. is expected to see a record-breaking 2 million cases of cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics.

“As a nation, we’ve dropped the ball on cancer prevention as incidence continues to increase for many common cancers – like breast, prostate and endometrial, as well as colorectal and cervical cancers in some young adults,” said the lead author of the report, Rebecca Siegel.

Colorectal cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men under 50 and the second-leading cause of cancer death for women under 50.

The report notes that “mortality rates are two‐fold higher for prostate, stomach and uterine corpus cancers in Black people and for liver, stomach and kidney cancers in Native American people.” 

Read more: American Cancer Society Journals

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