Colorectal cancer cases rise in young adults

July 30, 2012 1:44:44 PM PDT
More young adults are getting colorectal cancer, even though the overall number of cases has been shrinking since the 1980s.

At this weekend's Colon Cancer Alliance Convention in Baltimore, research oncologists called for more age-specific research to understand the changing pattern of the disease.

The American Cancer Society confirms colorectal cancer rates for patients 18-49 years old increased by more than 2 percent between 1998 and 2007.

That is despite an overall drop of nearly three percent in cases across all age groups 18 and older.