Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) is excited to announce that the manuscript titled “A summary of the Fight Colorectal Cancer working meeting: exploring risk factors and etiology of sporadic early-age onset colorectal cancer” has been published in the August edition of Gastroenterology. Over 45 experts studying colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer in young adults participated in this effort. 

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Creating a Working Group: Experts Meet to Discuss Colon and Rectal Cancer in Young Adults.

In Feb. 2019, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) brought together researchers, oncologists, and patient advocates in Denver, Colorado to examine research initiatives specifically aimed at better understanding sporadic early-age onset colorectal cancer (EAO CRC). For nearly two days, global thought leaders met to prioritize and craft a research agenda in this area. 

Back in 2017, the American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers published research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showing that cases of colorectal cancer (CRC) are continuing to rise in young and middle-aged adults. Based on these findings, the ACS lowered its recommended screening age for colon and rectal cancers from 50 to 45 years old. 

According to Andrea (Andi) Dwyer, Director of the Colorado Cancer Screening Program (CCSP) at the Colorado School of Public Health, “We created an approach to this meeting to figure out ways to identify and prioritize what is causing this dangerous increase in young-adult colorectal cancer. Examining data and reducing the screening age for screening guidelines is important but won’t tell us why this is occurring. It is our job to explore the “why.”

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