According to the American Cancer Society's newly released annual cancer statistic report, colorectal cancer is now the number one cause of cancer deaths in men under 50. The same report lists colorectal cancer as the second leading cause of death of women in the same age group, right behind breast cancer.

Experts aren't sure why certain cancer rates are increasing in younger adults, but some believe it could be due to rising rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and other unknown environmental factors.

Whatever the reason, the American Cancer Society currently recommends that people with an average risk should begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 45. Those with a family history of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or other risk factors may need to begin screening even earlier.

"Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be detected in a precancerous state," explains Dr. Eugenio Hernandez. "During a colonoscopy, it is possible to detect and remove polyps before they can become cancerous. That's why screening via a colonoscopy remains essential."

Regardless of age or risk factors, Hernandez further recommends that people experiencing symptoms such as blood in the stool, losing weight without trying, or a change in bowel habits that lasts more than a few days, contact their doctor as soon as possible.

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