Cancer is on the rise in people under this age, new study reveals
A new study has some worrying results for people under 50. She suggests that cancer is on the rise in this population and that the problem is global, affecting most countries.
The study, published in the journal Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology and conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, shows that since the 1990s, a variety of cancers, including breast, colon, kidney cancer and more, have been increasing in adolescents 50. Research suggests that a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet are responsible for these trends.
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The study authors conducted an analysis of a variety of data showing the importance of people’s diet, lifestyle, weight, environmental exposure and microbiome – factors that have all changed dramatically over the years.
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“Each subsequent group of people who are born later have a higher risk of developing cancer later in life, likely due to risk factors they were exposed to at a young age,” said Dr. Shuji Ogino, professor and physician and researcher in the Department of Pathology at Brigham.
Ogino said that risk of early-onset cancer is expected to increase with each new generation, largely due to people engaging in behaviors that are cancer risk factors and our culture’s reinforcement of these. Highly processed foods, alcohol consumption, less sleep, a sedentary lifestyle and more have been on the rise since the 1950s.
The researchers did not address any specific cancer, which has become more common over the years. Instead, they focused on the fact that people are less healthy than they have been in years past and are therefore at a higher risk of developing cancer. They claim that in order to paint a clearer picture for future generations, it is important that cancer studies include young children and track their health and development over longer periods of time.
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dr Ogino said: “Not only is this more cost-effective considering that many types of cancer need to be screened, but I believe it will give us more accurate insights into cancer risk for generations to come.”