SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Colon cancer is the third most common cancer behind lung cancer and breast cancer.
Normally people over the age of 70 have been the most susceptible now it’s starting * to affecting those younger. Over the last 10 years, doctors have seen younger patients affected by colon cancer and they aren’t sure why.
Because of the shift in age, the American Cancer Society now suggests those aged 45 and older get a colonoscopy every 10 years. A 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 people at a younger age should be on the lookout for symptoms of colon cancer.
“If you are in your 30s or 40s you may say that’s just simple hemorrhoids but if that continues, those patients need to see their doctors,” Asik said.
It’s important not to overlook certain symptoms. You should always consult a doctor if you have any persistent symptoms.
Colon cancer can be treated if it’s caught in the early stages.