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One in seven colorectal cancer patients is under 50, US study shows

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 25 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i414
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Almost 15% of patients with a first diagnosis of colorectal cancer are younger than 50, the age at which screening programmes start in many countries, an analysis published in the journal Cancer has shown.1

The population based retrospective study also found that although younger patients were more likely to have advanced stage disease diagnosed, they tended to receive more aggressive treatment and to live longer without a cancer recurrence.

Researchers analysed the nationally representative Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry of 258 024 patients with colorectal cancer diagnosed in the United States from 1998 to 2011. They found that …

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