Why The Rise of Colon Cancer In Young People Is Puzzling Doctors

Why The Rise of Colon Cancer In Young People Is Puzzling Doctors

By Katie Couric, Medium

Katie Couric: Mark, Chadwick Boseman’s death is such a tragedy. More and more young people are being diagnosed with this disease. Can you tell us the latest statistics?

Do scientists know why this is happening?

One of the symptoms is rectal bleeding, or blood in your stool. Sometimes younger people ignore this sign. And even doctors may not take it seriously. What should people do if they see either A. Blood in their toilet bowl or B. Darker than usual stools? (Sorry everyone, but this information is potentially lifesaving.)

Chadwick fought the disease for four years. He was initially diagnosed with stage 3. Have the treatments for this disease improved when it’s not diagnosed early?

Do you know why Black populations may be more susceptible to this disease? I know scientists have been looking into this.

Colon cancer can often be cured if detected early. Can you remind us of the screening guidelines?

What can the average person do to protect their health?

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