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CCCF LAUNCHING FIRST EVER SUMMIT FOR EARLY AGE ONSET CRC

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From the Doctor’s Desk

CCCF Launching First Ever Summit for Young CRC

I am very pleased to announce the first ever Early Age Onset (EAO) Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Summit.   The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation will host the EAO-CRC Summit on Saturday, March 21 in Collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  The Summit will kick off  Challenge Weekend 2015 in New York City. 

In my many years as a surgeon I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the incidence rates of colorectal cancer in those over 50 years of age decrease by almost 30% during this past decade.  Unfortunately, I’ve also watched colon and rectal cancer diagnoses increase significantly among adults under 50. Rebecca Siegel's team at the American Cancer Society reported annual increases of 1.5% in men and 1.6% in women with the largest increase seen in the youngest age group (20-29 years) with increased rates of    5.2% and 5.6% in men and women respectively,  occurring  annually between 1992-2005. Disturbingly, this increased incidence is mostly driven by rising rates of rectal cancer, the incidence of which has increased by 75% in people under 50 years of age over the last 40 years!

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