A member asked:

Can young person get colorectal cancer?

10 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Arthur Heller answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

About 150000 new cases of colon/rectal ca in us/yr. 90% are age 50 and up. + family history, especially of early ca increases risk. Longstanding ibd increases risk. Certain (rare to uncommon) genetic syndromes increase risk. Check your family's history, see your doc.

Answered Apr 2, 2014



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Dr. Keith Monson answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Colon cancer can strike at young ages, especially if there are hereditary colon diseases in the family such as familial adenomatous polyposis or lynch syndromes. In the absence of these syndromes, risk generally increases with age. However, even with no colorectal cancer in the family it can strike at young ages although this is more rare (my youngest patient was 23 at diagnosis).

Answered Sep 28, 2016


Dr. Robert Cloud answered

Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon cancer is rare before age 40 and usually associated with some family history if you do see it. Most colon cancer occurs after age 50. Thus screening for people without a family history starts at 50 and screening starts at 40 in those with a family histiory.

Answered Aug 10, 2017


Dr. Ryan Gruner answered

Specializes in

The short answer is "yes", a young person can get colorectal cancer. However, this and the associated familial syndromes that cause colorectal cancer in young individuals are rare. Having first- or second-degree relatives with a cancer diagnosis at a young age should prompt you to get early screening.

Answered Jan 26, 2015



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