Did you know, the rates for colon & rectal cancer have been declining among adults 50+, but rising in adults UNDER 50? Unfortunately, young-onset patients are more likely to be diagnosed in stage III or IV, when the disease is harder to treat. Missed symptoms and misdiagnosis can often delay the correct diagnosis in young-onset cases.

Jenna Detko, young onset survivor

Colorectal cancer = 3rd leading cause of cancer death in young adults.

49% of young onset colorectal patients are 43-49 years old.

Misdiagnosis often leads to later stage diagnosis and delayed treatment.

What can you do?

Be an advocate for your own health. Early stage colon cancer may show no signs or symptoms. Listen to your body and talk to your doctor if you know something is not right. Seek a second opinion if needed.

Know your family history. 25% of all colorectal patients have a family history of the disease and/or a genetic condition that makes some people more likely to develop polyps, colon cancer, and possibly other cancer.

Reduce your risk. There are steps you can take to minimize your risk for colon cancer. Maintain a healthy body weight, get regular physical activity, limit your intake of red and processed meats, and don’t smoke.

Colon Cancer Signs & Symptoms

Blood in your stool

Toilet PaperChange in Bathroom Habits


Blood dropAnemia

ScaleUnexplained Weight Loss

crampsPersistent Cramps or Low Back Pain

BloatedFeeling Bloated


New York Times Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Series

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Vee on the Street

Young Adult Guerrilla Awareness Effort

Young adult onset colorectal cancer study reports

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External resources for young colorectal cancer patients

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