The incidence of colorectal cancer increases in young people due to unhealthy food and poor lifestyle habits.

Refined carbohydrates and fats are among the unhealthy ingredients of the Western Diet.

The oncologists of the Group for the Treatment of Digestive Tumors (TTD) warn of the increased incidence of colorectal cancer in young people, mainly in the typology of cancer of the distal colon and rectum. Bad life habits, including sedentary lifestyle and the low consumption of dietary fiber, and the inflammatory aspects of the so-called ‘Western Diet’, are some of the determining factors. According to data released at the International Symposium on Advances in the Treatment of Digestive Tumors, the increase of rectal cancer rates have been 1.8% per year from 1990 to 2016, according to European studies, and similar trends are observed in the United States, Australia and Asia, reports the EFE Agency.According to the data released at this meeting, the main digestive tumors -colon, rectum, pancreas, liver and stomach- lead the cause of mortality from cancer in our country, with 34,889 deaths estimated in the last year, as reported in a press release by the TTD.The digestive tumors are the leading cause of cancer in Spain, with an estimate of 71,557 people diagnosed in 2021. Specifically, colorectal cancer is the first with the highest incidence with a total of 43,581. Behind are the rest of the digestive tumors (esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas and bile duct).Based on current data, it is estimated that colon and rectal cancer incidence rates will increase in the next decade by 90% and 124%, respectively, among people between 20 and 34 years old and 27% and 46%, respectively, for those between 35 and 49 years old. Thus by 2030, one in ten colon cancers and one in four rectal cancers It will be diagnosed in those under 50 years of age.Professor Enrique Aranda, head of the Reina Sofía de Córdoba University Hospital Medical Oncology Service and president of the TTD Group, highlights that early colorectal cancer does not increase homogeneously throughout the world. It rises more in the United States, Korea and New Zealand.The causes are multifactorial and recent studies report that a sedentary life, being overweight, the consumption of alcoholic beverages, the intake of processed meats, hepatic steatosis and a low intake of vegetables they are correlated with the increase in these age groups.In addition, the so-called “western diet” (‘western diet’) with hamburgers, shakes, etc., has been associated, in turn, with an increase in advanced adenomas, according to this group of researchers in their press release.Colorectal cancer in patients under 50 years of age is usually diagnosed in advanced stages due to low clinical suspicion and its therapeutic approach must take into account aspects derived from the emotional, sexual and fertility health of these patients, the experts explain.The congress brings together internationally renowned clinical speakers and researchers, experts in different digestive pathologies and will present different innovations, new biomarkers, new indications for immunotherapy and personalized therapy and the use of liquid biopsy as a determining factor in the choice of treatment. among other.