Study: Colon Cancer Deaths Rising in Young, White People

August 10, 2017 03:13 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- According to a new study, colorectal cancer deaths are rising at an alarming rate among a younger a group doctors didn't expect - white men and women.

“It really came as a total surprise," said 47-year-old Scott Dixon, a colon cancer patient at Mayo Clinic. 


He went to see his doctor about because his stomach hurt. Doctors suggested a routine colonoscopy, but he was unprepared for the results.

“I met with my doctor and we tried a few things, but nothing seemed to be working. They sent down the material to Mayo. That’s where I am getting treatment now. Then they confirmed that it was cancer. It was Stage 4, which meant that it had already spread," he said.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed among men and women.

 “Not only are the incident rates going up than previously reported. But the mortality rates in the 20-54 age range population are also going up," said Dr. Alok Khorana with the Cleveland Clinic.

Dixon has been receiving treatments at Mayo Clinic since being diagnosed with colon cancer last fall.

“I think the main message to get out again is to really pay attention to your body. When things start to change in a way you can't really explain, no matter how minor it may seem. It’s worth having a conversation," said Scott.

Colorectal cancer is expected to kill more than 50,000 people this year.


Alaina Rae

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