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Cancer Cases in Under-50s Surge by 79%

A new study published in the British Medical Journal Oncology has found that the number of cancer cases in people under the age of 50 has increased by 79% in the past 30 years.

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The study looked at data from 1990 to 2019 and found that there were 3.26 million new cancer cases in people under the age of 50 in 2019. This is compared to 1.85 million cases in 1990.

The study found that the biggest increases were in breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and lung cancer. Breast cancer was the most common cancer in people under the age of 50, accounting for 27% of cases. Colorectal cancer was the second most common cancer, accounting for 15% of cases. Lung cancer was the third most common cancer, accounting for 12% of cases.

The study did not find any one cause for the increase in cancer cases in people under the age of 50. However, it did suggest that a number of factors may be contributing, including:

  • Changes in lifestyle, such as increased obesity, smoking, and alcohol consumption.
  • Exposure to environmental pollutants, such as air pollution and pesticides.
  • Changes in diagnostic practices, which may lead to earlier detection of cancer.

The study's findings are a concern, as they suggest that cancer is becoming more common in younger people. This is likely to have a significant impact on the health care system, as it will mean that more people will need treatment for cancer.

It is important to note that the study did not find that the overall risk of cancer has increased in people under the age of 50. However, the risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer, has increased.

There are a number of things that people can do to reduce their risk of cancer, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Eating a healthy diet.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Not smoking.
  • Limiting alcohol consumption.
  • Avoiding exposure to environmental pollutants.

If you are concerned about your risk of cancer, talk to your doctor. They can help you assess your risk and recommend ways to reduce it.

The study's findings highlight the importance of early detection and prevention of cancer. By taking steps to reduce our risk factors, we can help to protect ourselves from developing cancer.

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