Unveiling the Rise of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer

Experts Struggle to Determine Why Colorectal Cancer is Becoming More Prevalent in Young Adults.

The New York Times and Yale Medicine are just some of the reputable sources that have acknowledged an increase in colorectal cancer in young adults. The rising numbers have shocked the public and the medical industry. Many are concerned about how it will affect general wellness.

This article will explore the causes of colorectal cancer in young adults. It will discuss its possible ties to cell phone radiation and EMF shielding’s potential to reduce the risk. It will focus on factors that contribute to rising colorectal cancer cases so we can gain insight that will help ensure a healthier future. 

Colon Cancer on the rise

Cancer Demographics Have Shifted

A study published in JAMA Open Network reveals a recent uptick in colorectal cancer cases among individuals over 50. (1). Interestingly, the increase coincides with a decrease in colorectal cancer in people over 50. (2)

Medical experts are concerned that the current trend may be a sign of a health crisis. They are calling for further research in the hopes that it helps them better understand the reasons behind the increased cases. They believe determining the reason behind the growing numbers will help them keep the disease under control. 

  1. Jama Network: Patterns in Cancer Incidence Among People Younger than 50 Years in the US, 2010 to 2019
  2. CNN: Cancer Incidence Rising Among Adults Under 50, New Report Says, Leaving Doctors Searching for Answers
  3. CBS News: New Study Finds Alarming Rise in Cancer Rates Among People Under 50

      Medical Experts Need Answers

      Scott Kopetz, M.D., Ph.D., FACP Department of Gastrointestinal Medicine Oncology, is one of the many medical experts alarmed by the growing number of cancer cases in young adults. (4) “There’s a concern that, as the population ages, what is currently an increase in young-onset disease will turn into increases in mid-onset and late-onset disease as well,” he says. 

      Kopetz and his colleagues are urgently calling for comprehensive research to determine the current shift in the colorectal cancer landscape. They are examining possible contributing causes such as genetics, environment, and lifestyle. 

      Several experts have proposed theories regarding what could be causing colorectal cancer in younger generations, but even more questions (5) are left unanswered. The confusion sheds light on the complexity of the matter at hand. Diverse medical sectors have come together to research potential underlying causes, but there is no overriding hypothesis. 

        Colorectal Cancer Emerging as a Leading Cause of Cancer-Related Mortality

        Recent research highlights how bad the problem is. Colon cancer now ranks as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women under 50. (6) 

        Many younger adults are not aware of the risk and don’t take preventative measures. The medical industry is slow to catch up with the rise in cases leading to a lack of screening recommendations. This reduces the chances of early detection. Many people don’t learn they have the disease until it’s too late. 

        Experts have combined their efforts to find answers with an increased focus on raising awareness hoping it will encourage young adults to get screened. 

          Colorectal Screenings Slow to Catch on with Younger Adults

          Medical experts may get a foothold on the situation if they can convince young adults to attend cancer screenings, but they are fighting an uphill battle. Many younger people are convinced that CRC (Colorectal cancer) primarily affects older adults. Hence, they don’t feel screenings are necessary for their age group. (7)

          Some younger people feel they are not at risk due to a lack of genetic factors. Others may be limited by socioeconomic factors (8) that limit access to affordable screening facilities. Medical and local organizations are attempting to address these issues with educational campaigns, outreach programs, and increased access to screening facilities. 

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            Possible Causes Behind Rising Colorectal Cancer Cases

            Why is colon cancer on the rise? Researchers are still trying to get the answers they need, but several theories have evolved. Some research suggests the increased CRC cases may be caused by exposure to environmental pollutants (9) like nickel, arsenic, benzene, and cadmium. They believe the exposure may be due to EMF (Electromagnetic frequencies) emitted by phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. Previous studies revealed EMF can lead to failing health. 

            Experts have also explored the possibility that poor lifestyle choices, such as unhealthy diet, a lack of exercise, and tobacco use, may contribute to cancer risk. They are also exploring genetic and environmental interactions, epigenetics, and other factors. But without the answers they need, they are unable to address the problem at its root. They can only continue to raise awareness and push for screenings and interventions that catch disease prevention early on.

              Can EMF Protection Help?

              The relationship between Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) (10) and the rising cases of CRC has yet to be established, but the hypothesis has highlighted a potential need for EMF protection. Here are some ways you can integrate EMF protection into your life to reduce your risk:

              1. Limit Exposure: Limit your exposure to EMF by avoiding electrical appliances, wireless devices, and power lines when possible. 
              2. Use Wired Devices Over Wireless: Wireless routers and modems are more likely to produce EMF as opposed to their wired counterparts. Use wired devices to improve health outcomes. 
              3. Use EMF Shielding Products: Protective cell phone cases, shielding fabrics for clothing and bedding, and EMF shielding paint can keep you and your family safe from emissions. 
              4. EMF-Free Zones in the Home: Reduce EMF emissions in your home by designating areas as EMF-free zones. Keep these zones free of electronics. 
              5. Turn off WIFI Routers When Not in Use: Turn off electronic devices at night and when they are not in use. Maintain a safe distance from electronics that produce EMF radiation. 
              6. Learn About EMF Exposure: Educate yourself about EMF exposure so you are aware of warning signs and prevention measures. Consult a medical professional if you believe EMF is negatively affecting your health. 

              It is unclear whether EMF protection will lead to better health outcomes, but its potential as an affordable all-natural solution makes it a worthwhile measure. 

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                Cancer Prevention: A Look to the Future

                The rising number of CRC cases is a concern, but the future looks bright in other aspects. Screening methods are becoming less invasive and therefore easier to bear. They minimize the time and expense of more extensive screening processes. 

                EMF protection also shows potential in mitigating cancer risk. The relationship between EMF radiation and cancer is yet to be established, but preventative measures are a step in the right direction. If effective, it could minimize the need for costly procedures and improve health outcomes. 

                The rise in CRC cases is concerning, but medical professionals are taking a proactive approach. They are raising awareness to inform the public and reduce their health risks. Effective efforts can protect today’s young adults and future generations.