Study finds more young white people developing and dying from colorectal cancer

Death rate from this cancer for those 20 to 54 is rising by 1 percent annually.

Colorectal cancer rates increasing sharply among younger adults, study finds

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In contrast, black individuals had death rates from this cancer that declined from 0.4 percent to 1.1 percent annually, on average.

COMMENTS: It is important to note that the mortality rates in 2014 for the two populations differ at baseline. For white individuals, the colorectal cancer mortality rate in 2014 was 4.1 percent; for black individuals, it was 6.1 percent. The mortality rate from colorectal cancer is still higher for black individuals, despite changing rates for the populations. Researchers did not study the reasons behind this discrepancy. Causes of death were generated from death certificate data.

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