Incidence of early onset cancers has increased dramatically

The incidence of early onset cancers, those diagnosed before age 50, including cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, kidney, liver and pancreas, has “dramatically increased” over the past few decades, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.”   Read more here and here.

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Key points:
* The incidence of cancers of various organs diagnosed in adults under 50 has been rising in many parts of the world since the 1990’s.
* Evidence suggests a role for risk factor exposures in early life and young adulthood.
* The early life “exposome” (including, among other factors, diet, lifestyle, obesity, environmental exposures and the microbiome) has changed substantially in that time period.