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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?
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Kenneth Adler
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