The alarming rise in colon cancer among young adults

Dr. Mohamed Salem shares tips for preventing colon cancer. (ABC 7)

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found a significant increase in the number of colon and rectal cancers among young adults, despite rates declining for older Americans. The surprising study concluded that people born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared to people born in 1950.

Dr. Mohamed Salem, a GI Oncologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, says some early warning signs of colon caner include a change in your bowel habits, rectal bleeding or bloody stool, persistent abdominal discomfort, a feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely, weakness or fatigue, and unexplained weight loss. He joined "Good Morning Washington" alongside cancer survivor Julius Grant to share steps you can take to prevent colon cancer.

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