Is it possible to get colorectal cancer when you're still young?

Yes. Some people with inherited defects in dna develop colon cancer while young. They generally have a stong family history of colon cancer.
Yes. I suppose it depends on what you mean by "still young"!although colon cancer is generally a disease of those 50 years of age and older, it can affect people in their 20s-40s.

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Possibility of colorectal cancer in younger people. Which persons should get colonoscopy <50 years?

Family history. People with family history of colon cancer at a young age should consider getting colonscopy at a younger age. A number of genetic anomalies predispose to cancer at a younger age and if there is family history genetic testing may be used to supplement colonoscopy. Read more...
Colonoscopy <50 y o. There are several nationally-recognized colonoscopy screening guidelines. Most agree the following patients under 50 year old should undergo colonoscopy:1) afro-american males at age 45; 2) familial syndromes that predispose to early colon ca (fap, lynch syndromes, etc.); 3) inflammatory bowel of longstanding; 4) history of colon ca or adenomatous polyps at young age; 5) other select settings. Read more...
Those with a family . History need to be screened earlier. 10 years before the age of diagnosis of a first degree relative (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter) with colon cancer is when screening should begin. Genetic syndromes such as lynch syndrome, familal polyposis and diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease require earlier screening. Bleeding or change in bowel habits require a scope at any age. Read more...

Can young people get colorectal cancer? If there is no family history and if the person is under 30, should they be concerned about getting colorectal cancer?

Yes, but it is rare. Colon cancer is rare under age 40. It can occur in people with predisposing conditions like ulcerative colitis or familial polyposis. The vast majority of cases occur in people over 50. That is the age when screeing should start for most people. In short, colon cancer should be low on the list of concerns for someone in their 20s (unless they have the conditions i mention above). Read more...
In short, yes but. It is much less often than in folks over the age of 45. Young folks with colitis or a family history of colon polyps or cancer are at increased risk. If you are having symptoms related to your colon that are persistent, see a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon and let them decide if diagnostic testing is necessary. Read more...