Emerging Cancer Trends Among Young Adults in the USA: Analysis of a Population-Based Cancer Registry

  • March 01, 2019

In order to better understand cancer trends among different age groups, researchers studied age-specific contemporary incidence trends for 30 common cancers, including 12 obesity-related cancers. They examined data for people ages 25-84 that were diagnosed between 1995 and 2014. They found that cases of cancer significantly increased for six of the 12 obesity-related cancers (multiple myeloma, colorectal, uterine corpus, gallbladder, kidney, and pancreatic cancer) in young adults (25–49 years) with steeper rises in successively younger generations. 

While the researchers recommend looking deeper into what is responsible for these emerging trends (i.e. increased bodyweight), this study points out this alarming trend of higher cancer rates in younger generations in the U.S. As this study mentions, other studies have found an association between childhood or adolescent obesity and an increased risk of several cancers (colorectal, endometrial, pancreatic and multiple myeloma). While a majority of existing studies focus on cancer rates in older generations, this one demonstrates the importance of looking at younger generations and how rising rates of obesity may also mean rising rates of cancer. You can find out more and read the study in its entirety here.  

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