Colon Cancer Increasing among Young Adults

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  • Colon cancer increasing among young adults:  According to a new study published in journal  JAMA Surgery, occurrence of colorectal cancer have been decreasing by about 1 percent a year since the mid 80s, however incidences among people under 50 (the recommended age for colonoscopy) has been increasing sharply. The occurrence mainly rose among people age 20 to 34, with the largest increase of 1.8 percent a year, often diagnosed when the disease has already progressed to other organs. Current incidence rates per 100,000 people are 3 for ages 20 to 34; 17 for ages 35 to 49; and 300 for people over 50. But as the researchers estimate, by year 2030, one in 10 colon cancers and one in four rectal cancers will be in people under 50. The study’s senior author Dr. George J. Chang, an associate professor of surgery and health services research at the University of Texas, added: “The study draws no conclusions about whether screening should begin at a younger age. There are always risks and unintended consequences of screening tests. We have to pay attention to symptoms with which our patients present, and work them up by including colorectal cancer as a part of the differential diagnosis.”
  • Foods bad for male fertility: New research suggests that man’s bad diet can affect his sperm quality as well as count. As Dr. Ryan Terlecki, director of the Men’s Health Clinic for the Wake Forest University Department of Urology explains: “We’ve noticed that fertility has been decreasing over the past several decades. And guys want advice to improve upon matters, but most guys have never even heard that anything in their diet could impact sperm count.” Dr. Paul Turek, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology adds: “Sperm count is, of course, important, because if it’s not there, you’re not going to father a kid. And I think sperm motility is more important than sperm count.” Audrey Gaskins, who researches nutrition and fertility at the Harvard School of Public Health confirms: “Although morphology is less firmly linked to fertility, it has been shown in a number of studies to influence reproductive success.” While this research is still rather new, it confirms the fact that many foods negatively affecting male fertility are also behind health issues such as type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. These foods include: 1. processed meats; 2. full-fat dairy; 3. non-organic produce; 4. alcohol, and 5. soda drinks. To learn more details including healthier alternatives, read the original article on Yahoo Health.
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