People With Early-Onset Colon Cancer Face Greater Risk

“The earlier that the cancer develops, the less it looks like standard colon cancer,”

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Early Onset Colon Cancer Greater Risk

There are certain different risks associated with younger colon cancer patients. According to recent NBC News, 28-year-old boy Kevin Hays was shockingly diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Hays said, “This is not a world that I anticipated or wanted to be a part of.”

Over a period, doctors have not seen a disease that behaves so differently. Hays is one of the rapidly growing number of young people with colorectal cancer.

Dr. Scott Kopetz, MD Anderson Cancer Center, said, “The earlier that the cancer develops, the less it looks like a standard colon cancer.”

A new research conducted by Dr. Kopetz shows that an early-onset cancer often tends to have certain genetic predispositions. He also found that the tumor can develop in unusual areas of the colon and there should be new ways to treat such tumors.

He added, “They tend to be less responsive to our standard treatments, and perhaps this is in part due to the fact that their biology, that their wiring is different.”

There is a risk of colorectal cancer if first-degree relatives such as mother, father, brothers, sisters, children or sometimes the other family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, have had a history of colorectal cancer.  Furthermore, colon cancer treatments can affect fertility and therefore, there is a need of boosting resources for young colorectal patients around the nation.