Research Leaders’ Global Meet towards tackling the early-onset colorectal cancer

“Cancer can take your physical abilities, but not your heart, mind, and soul.”

Recent reports show that

The overall effect of colorectal cancer has fallen about 2 per cent annually over the two decades while the early-onset of colorectal cancer has risen.

The percentage has shown…

Adults aged 20-49: Colorectal cancer has increased to 1.5 per cent annually

Younger people aged 20-29: The annual percentage of colorectal cancer has been 5.2 per cent in men and 5.6 per cent in women

On seeing this increase what did the research leaders do? Let’s discuss that!

Taking that into consideration, the research leaders have set up an agenda near the University of Colorado Cancer Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus through a workshop organized by the patient empowerment group to set research priorities.

Highlights of the event!

It has four goals which are mainly to be discussed.

  • To think about the possible risk factors during the research
  • To identify the existing studies that might show some of these risk factors
  • To determine the process that exists for new studies to be done
  • To understand the view of policy-makers and funders that will influence the utility of the study

Possibility behind the increase!

  • The rate can be increased in older people as well but the screening decreases it
  • Younger people might have an increased risk factor due to the hereditary issue
  • The young colorectal cancer is a distinct form of a disease
  • Or, the increase can also be caused by putting into a new risk

Additional risk factors as a whole!

  • Rising birth weight
  • Breastfeeding practices
  • Use of antibiotics during pregnancy or birth
  • Use of antibiotic in childhood
  • Antibiotics in food
  • Increased in processed sugar in the food
  • Occupational changes with the composition of biome

Other increased and decreased risk factors in general!

Increased factors

  • Family history
  • Processed meat
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

Decreased factors

  • Calcium
  • Folate
  • Aspirin
  • Physical activity

What did the field agree on!

During the periods in 1950 or 1960, there was an effect in the birth cohort- people born before this period had a decreasing rate on early-onset colorectal cancer. However, people born after this point had an increasing rate.

But the actual goal now is to understand what created this inflection to find out the treatment behind it!

Perspective underlying it!

Understanding the priorities of the research and working with funders and policymakers to put this research into effect. This will help in telling the people about it that “Here is the roadmap and what comes out of this, we want to make it actionable.”

Conclusion of the event!

With 40 researchers from leading research institutions are together to do something about the incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer. Hopefully, some effective treatment or preservation method will surely come out to decrease the risk or cure it.

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