The alarming rise of cancer in young people

Cancer rates are rising, and the cause is not clear

Photo collage of a polaroid of a small child sitting on the edge of a hospital bed with an adult woman next to her. Underneath, there is a photo of an IV drip and a microscope photo of cancerous cells.
Colorectal cancer is increasing in adults under 50
(Image credit: Illustration by Julia Wytrazek / Getty Images)

Young people are getting cancer, and the development is alarming medical professionals. Instances of gastrointestinal cancers specifically are rising among younger adults. This shift is despite overall cancer rates having declined since the 1990s because of reduced smoking and better cancer-screening technology. Experts point to a number of possible causes, including diet, environmental factors and microplastics. But a true cause has yet to be pinpointed. Instead, the cancer cases indicate a larger problem which is likely to worsen.

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