Colorectal cancer or cancer of the large intestine is classified, in terms of frequency, the 2nd cancer in women (after breast cancer) and the third cancer in men (after cancers of the prostate and lung).
Although colorectal cancer is exceptional before the age of 40, its frequency increases sharply with the age of fifty.
However, over the past decade, there has been an increase in the incidence of colon cancer in children under 50, particularly in some high-income countries, including: Denmark with 3.1% more year, New Zealand with 2.9% more, Australia with 2.9% more and the United Kingdom with 1.8% more.
Younger children, especially between the ages of 20 and 29, generally have a higher risk of developing rectal cancer. Obesity or a bad diet can be one of the factors in the growing development of cancer among young people.
Colorectal cancer often tends to develop unobtrusively, without emitting particular symptoms, and can develop insidiously without being noticed.
However some signs may indicate the presence of cancer, so it is important to consult a doctor to perform the diagnosis and early management.
In Belgium, colorectal cancer is the cause of more than 3,000 deaths each year. Almost 10 deaths a day! However, this cancer can be cured if it is detected and treated early in its evolution that is to say before the appearance of symptoms. If colorectal cancer is detected early, the chances of survival at age 5 are 90%!