SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Colon cancer is the third most common cancer after lung cancer and breast cancer.
Usually people over the age of 70 were the most vulnerable. For the past 10 years, doctors have seen younger patients who have colorectal cancer, and they do not know why.
Due to the age difference, the American Cancer Society now suggests that all people over the age of 45 receive colonoscopy every 10 years. Colonoscopy is the best way to detect cancer.
Symptoms of colon cancer include changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain and weight loss. Dr. Armen Asik, an oncologist at Baystate Medical Center, told 22News that people at a younger age should be aware of symptoms of colorectal cancer.
"If you're in your 30s or 40s, you can say that these are just simple hemorrhoids, but if this continues, these patients need to see their doctor," Asik said.
It is important not to overlook certain symptoms. If symptoms persist, you should always see a doctor.
Colon cancer can be treated if it is ill in the early stages.