Journal article

Rising incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer in Australia over two decades: Report and review

Joanne P Young, Aung Ko Win, Christophe Rosty, Ingrid Flight, David Roder, Graeme P Young, Oliver Frank, Graeme K Suthers, Peter J Hewett, Andrew Ruszkiewicz, Ehud Hauben, Barbara-Ann Adelstein, Susan Parry, Amanda Townsend, Jennifer E Hardingham, Timothy J Price

JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

The average age at diagnosis for colorectal cancer (CRC) in Australia is 69, and the age-specific incidence rises rapidly after age 50 years. The incidence has stabilized or is declining in older age groups in Australia during recent decades, possibly related to the increased uptake of screening and high-risk surveillance. In the same time frame, a rising incidence of CRC in younger adults has been well-documented in the United States. This rise in incidence in the young has not been reported from other countries that share long-term exposure to westernised urban lifestyles. Using data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, we examined trends in national incidence rates for CRC..

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