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Is cancer under 50 the new normal global epidemic?

Cancer is becoming more and more of a tragedy in our world. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 600,000 Americans will die from cancer this year, and nearly 2 million will be newly diagnosed. 
More people under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with cancer, and the proportion of young people diagnosed with cancer is increasing dramatically, according to a new report from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital :Breast, colon, esophageal, kidney, liver, and pancreatic cancers have increased sharply since the 1990s, with early-onset rates increasing.

The increased risk of cancer is a generational trend, with researchers observing a birth cohort effect. According to the report, “This so-called birth cohort effect suggests that exposure to risk factors early in life plays an important role in the observed increased incidence of early cancer.” Early-life factors such as diet, lifestyle, obesity, environmental stress, and the microbiome, according to the researchers, can have a significant impact on later cancer development. “

Surprisingly, the effects of these exposure trends in childhood and young adulthood on cancer incidence are unlikely to become apparent until decades later, the researchers wrote.

They could not accurately measure the proportion of this increased prevalence solely due to screening and early detection. It turned out to be unlikely. 
“Without such research, it is difficult to determine who currently has cancer, what they did decades ago, or what they did as children,”.

Although adults’ sleep duration hasn’t changed dramatically for decades, researchers found that children today get far less sleep than they did decades ago.

Researchers say risk factors such as highly processed foods, sugary drinks, obesity, type 2 diabetes, sedentary lifestyles, and alcohol consumption have increased significantly since the 1950s. It states that it is related to biome changes. 
“Of the one hundred cancers we studied, eight were related to the digestive system. “The food we eat feeds the microbes in our gut”.

Diet directly affects the composition of the microbiome, and ultimately these changes can affect disease risk and outcome.”


These insights are taken from Science Daily and Fast company data.

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