Colorectal cancer rates have gone up among younger adults. It’s an issue that has gotten more attention after the recent death of actor and activist Chadwick Boseman.
“Unfortunately it’s a tragedy we see all too often,” said Brown Surgical Associates’ Dr. Steven Schechter, who is also the interim chief of colorectal surgery at Lifespan. “Under the age of 50, there’s been an increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer by about 50 percent.”
Dr. Schechter said African Americans are particularly at risk for colorectal cancer, adding that genetics, diet, and weight are all risk factors.
In a recent interview with Channel 10’s Barbara Morse, Dr. Schechter discussed the growing trend, as well as the signs of colorectal cancer, and the role screening plays in positive outcomes.
Schechter urged younger adults to pay attention to any changes to bowel habits and to inform your doctor, no matter how insignificant they may seem.