Rate of colorectal cancer in younger patients on the rise

[WCCO-TV, March 28, 2024] Chris Rodriguez was only 35 years old when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. While screening is key to prevention. Chris says that wasn't even on his radar yet.

The rate of gastrointestinal cancer diagnoses in people younger than 50 has risen in recent years. 

He told WCCO-TV, "I think it's very important for people to be aware of the fact that this is happening earlier and earlier."

"It is pretty alarming to see this increase in younger patients, where we're not expecting this cancer to occur," said Dr. Joleen Hubbard, Rodriguez's oncologist at Allina Health Cancer Institute.

Hubbard says catching it early is key. Abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or change in bowel movements can all be signs to talk to your doctor.

Learn more about Chris's story.

Posted on March 28, 2024 in cancerAllina Health Cancer InstituteAllina Newsroom

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