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Young Onset

Colorectal cancer (cancer in the colon or rectum) has become a reality for many people younger than age 50, and it’s the only group where incidence rates are on the rise. In fact, 11% of colon cancer diagnoses and 18% of rectal cancer diagnoses occur in those under 50. We’re committed to finding answers, supporting those diagnosed and empowering people to take a proactive approach to their health.

The hard reality: you’re never too young for colorectal cancer. That’s why we need to educate ourselves about the risks of this disease now regardless if you currently have symptoms or are of average-risk.

Information about early-onset colorectal cancer is continuing to change and those diagnosed are facing challenges that we’re committed to addressing.


Young-Onset Colorectal Survey

In June 2018, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance launched its third annual survey of young-onset colorectal cancer patients, survivors, and, for the first time, caregivers. The Alliance uses the survey to learn about and track the self-reported medical, psychosocial, and quality of life experiences of these often overlooked groups. The Alliance solicited participation over social media, email, and web-based communities. Over a 30-day period, the Alliance received 1,622 responses (1195 patients/survivors and 427 caregivers) from 38 countries.

Our 2019 survey is now open.

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Colorectal cancer doesn't care how old you are

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Colorectal Cancer Under 50

While we know about the rise in this disease in those under 50, recent studies by UC Irvine Health digestive disease physicians put a real and alarming fact into hard focus: you're never too young for colon cancer.

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