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, as was the finding that the underlying risk of colorectal cancer appears to be rising.
The study, which included scientists at the NCI, didn’t determine the reason for the shift. But Siegel suggested one explanation might be a complex interaction involving the same factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic — changes in diet, a sedentary lifestyle, excess weight and low fiber consumption.
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Commentary by The Secular Jurist: This news supports what I’ve been preaching to young people for a long time – unsuccessfully, I might add:
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables.
- Eat more whole grains.
- Avoid fast food and processed foods.
- Cut down on your intake of animal fats, salt, and especially sugar.
- Above all, learn how to cook!