More adults under 55 diagnosed with colon cancer

Bringing attention to colon cancer prevention and treatment
Bringing attention to colon cancer prevention and treatment
Published: Mar. 10, 2023 at 6:09 AM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S.

A newly released study from the National Center for Health Statistics finds that colon cancer is increasing for adults 55 years of age and younger at a rather unexpected rate.

We spoke with Dr. Mohammed Azab, a gastroenterologist for Prevea Health.

“By now with the increase of younger age, we’re starting at age 45 -- and that’s again for people who do not have a family history or do not have any other health care conditions that would qualify them as a high-risk population for colon cancer,” Dr. Azab said.

Symptoms of colon cancer include a change in stool consistency, persistent abdominal pain, and/or bleeding stool.

Dr. Azab said you should tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.