By Anne Dachel
Recent medical news is getting lots of attention across the mainstream media. It seems that more young adults are being diagnosed with colon cancer. While the numbers remain small, there is an increase that has the attention of scientists. News reports use words like “very shocking,” “alarming,” and “startling” describe the situation.
Experts are baffled by the findings. Explanations include “obesity,” “poor diet,” and“lack of exercise.” Rather than advocating for an immediate focus on finding the cause, doctors are merely calling for earlier screening, perhaps in people in their forties.
(My favorite response was the doctor at NPR who thinks it’s just better screening that’s responsible.)
Feb. 28, 2017, CBS New York: Health Experts Alarmed By Spike In Colon, Rectal Cancer Rates
The 33-year-old mother of three is one of a growing number of young people diagnosed with colorectal cancer, according to a new American Cancer Society study.
It shows people born in 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as people born in 1950 faced at the same age, but the question is why?
“That’s the million dollar question, we don’t know,” Dr. Andrea Cercek said. ...
Feb 28, 2017, NPR: Why Are More Young Americans Getting Colon Cancer?
More than a decade ago, scientists noticed an odd quirk in the data: While overall rates of colorectal cancer have been falling dramatically since the mid-1980s, there's been a steady uptick of this disease among people younger than 50....
Siegel tells Shots, "It appears that under the surface, the underlying risk for this disease is actually increasing in the population."
What's driving that is hard to say. Obesity is more common among younger than it used to be, so perhaps it's partly to blame.
Or it may not be obesity itself; it could be that poor diet and lack of exercise, which contribute to obesity, are also influencing colon cancer rates.
One study found that people from Africa who were suddenly switched to an American diet had signs of inflammation in their colons within just two weeks, Siegel notes, "so this change can happen fairly rapidly."...
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, says what look like additional cancers in people under 50 may simply be cases that are being diagnosed earlier than they would have been. Some people are getting colonoscopies for reasons other than cancer screening these days, and doctors are surely coming upon early cases of colon cancer they might not have turned up so soon.
Rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising sharply among young and middle-aged Americans, at the same time that they continue to decline for adults 55 and older, according to a startling new study that is sparking questions about whether screening should start earlier. ...
American Cancer Society researcher Rebecca Siegel, who led the study, said that earlier work had signaled a growing incidence of colorectal cancer among the groups known as Gen X and millennials. But the magnitude of the increase identified “was just very shocking,” she said. ...
Azad stressed that the incidence of colorectal cancer in young people, while on the rise, remains very low. The disease will be diagnosed in just 1 in 100,000 people in their 20s compared with about 50 in 100,000 people in their early 60s, according to data used in the study. ...
Two weeks later, her doctor got the results, which indicated there might be a problem. At that point, she readily underwent a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with Stage 1 colon cancer. She has now changed her mind: “I really think that everyone should get screened in their 40s.”
Feb 28, 2017, USA Today: Colon and rectal cancers surge among Millennials and Generation X
Colon and rectal cancers have increased dramatically and steadily in young and middle-age adults in the United States over the past four decades, a study confirmed Tuesday. While scientists have not pinpointed an exact cause, prime suspects include obesity, inactivity and poor diets, said researchers from the American Cancer Society, reporting in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
For parents surviving in the midst of the autism epidemic, we’ve heard it all before. Modern medicine doesn’t want to find the cause or prevent anything (unless of course they can come up with a vaccine). Earlier screening is familiar to us too, sounding a lot like“better diagnosing, early intervention.”
Notice the vague references to “poor diet,” which sounds very similar to the “possible environmental factors” that experts talk about with autism.
The truth is, our diet is filled with toxic garbage. Over ten years ago I began to study the food we eat and switch my family to a healthy organic diet. We grow an organic seed garden, can our own vegetables, buy from local Amish and organic farmers. When I told my husband’s doctor that I cured his chronic respiratory problems by switching him to a gluten-free diet, he looked at me like I was speaking Martian.
Anytime the ingredients on a package include “artificial” ANYTHING, it’s a chemical they’ve added. No wonder we’re all getting sick. Aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, and GMOs mean that our diet isn’t real food.
Our food should sustain our health, not compromise it. It should be produced in the most natural ways possible. Toxic food compounded with toxic vaccines adds both live viruses and toxic metals to our bodies. It’s amazing we’re able to function at all.
The same doctors who don’t know what’s in the vaccines they’re injecting into our children, have no idea what’s in the food we’re eating. They’re watching in wide-eyed amazement as more and more Americans end up with chronic illness and disease.
Add these statistics to the two percent of American children who have autism.
More than half of U.S. children have a chronic health problem today.
One in 3 Americans dies with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia.
One in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.
When will someone say something is really wrong with how we’re living? Just how sick do we have to get?
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.