Colon Cancer Increasing in Young People

The incidence of colon cancer is increasing in young people. In fact, Dr. Perrie Ryan of Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, says studies show that by 2030, 90% of 20-somethings will develop colon cancer in their lifetime. Why? Listen to what he says in the WLTX interview below.


While there are many risk factors for colon cancer, Dr. Ryan says that factors including obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, eating a lot of red meat or processed meat and diabetes in younger people may be contributing to the increase in young people.

Each year, about 2,000 people in South Carolina are diagnosed with colon cancer and about 800 die from the disease. In fact, it’s the second deadliest form of cancer behind lung cancer. But it’s also preventable – and treatable when detected early. The best way to prevent colon cancer is to have a colonoscopy. That test can locate and remove polyps before they turn into cancer. Talk to your doctor about when you should begin colon cancer screening.

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