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Cancer Cases Grow by 79% in Young People

The steady increase in cancer cases among young people could be chalked up to red meat, salt and alcohol, new research suggests.

A study published Tuesday in BMJ Oncology analyzed data from 1990 and 2019, finding a 79% surge in new cancer cases in people under 50 over the course of three decades.

Using data from the Global Burden of Disease 2019 study — which looked at the prevalence of 29 cancers in 204 countries or regions — the researchers investigated the number of new cases, deaths, subsequent health repercussions and risk factors for people aged 14 to 49.

In 2019 alone, early-onset cancer cases in that age group totaled 3.26 million, an increase of 79.1% since 1990, according to the team of researchers from Zhejiang University School of Medicine and University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute.

The study authors also saw an uptick in cancer-related deaths by 27.7% since 1990. Cancers of the breast, trachea, lung, bowel and stomach had some of the higher mortality rates.

Cases of windpipe and prostate cancer have seen the largest increase since 1990, and breast cancer had the highest incidence rate of early-onset cases, the researchers found, while cases of early-onset liver cancer saw a decline.

North America was listed as one of the regions with the highest incidence of early-onset cancers in 2019, along with Australasia and Western Europe. Meanwhile, places such as Eastern Europe, Oceania and Central Asia had the highest mortality rates.

“The rising incidence of early-onset cancers may partially attribute to increasing uptake of screening and early detection in developed regions and countries,” the study authors wrote.

The increase in detections may also have a silver lining — author Dr. Xue Li pointed to “outstanding” screening efforts in the UK that have resulted in the decline of the country’s deaths related to early-onset cancer.

“Fortunately, the annual mortality rate from early-onset cancer in the UK has been steadily decreasing, a testament to the outstanding cancer screening and treatment efforts over the past three decades,” said Li, of the Centre for Global Health at the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute, per the Independent.

Should the team’s observed patterns continue, the researchers estimated that early-onset cancer diagnoses could increase by 31%, and deaths by 21%, by 2030.

The authors noted that “local environment, lifestyle and level of available medical treatment” could cause variations in cancer cases and mortality rates by region.

In addition to genetics, the findings stated that a “Western diet,” consisting of too much red meat and salt — and, subsequently, not enough fruit and milk — could also be putting young people at risk.

Alcohol intake and tobacco use were also highlighted as cancer risk factors to those under 50, in addition to lack of exercise, high body mass index and elevated blood sugar.

READ 27 COMMENTS
  • Proud Veteran says:

    Sorry! I’m not buying this. The demented dipsh*t biden assured us that he already cured cancer, so this article is phony!

  • D says:

    I think most of this is caused from all of the stuff they are putting in our food anymore. Our foods is not even allowed in most other countries, because of all of the unnatural crap they put in the food here.

  • Rock says:

    Really?
    Real people have been living on red meat, salt and booze for thousands of years. Now all of a sudden it’s causing cancer in our young?
    Reality check:
    Ultra-processed foods (chips, twinkies) fast food, super-sizing, video games, soda etc is the real cause.
    Stop making excuses for your poor decisions and eat a flippin salad every once in a while!
    And get off the flippin couch!

  • ThePeopleArePissed says:

    The crap that is being put on crops, in the seeds themselves, on our food & in our food wouldn’t have a thing to do with illnesss would it. Add that the study comes out post the gene altering injection. Of course cancer will be blamed on red meat – & it is a crime the injections going into cattle the last couple of decades – but blaming red meat for causing cancer is a further tyrannical attempt to harm the private ranchers & farmers. A sick psychological warfare is going on against the population worldwide and reports such as this is simply a part of that warfare to scare people away from natural food. I am more concerned about the harm caused by a diet containing assorted bug parts than I am about a diet that includes healthy red meat.

  • Nate says:

    The “vaccine clot shot/boosters” weaken your natural immune system, could this side effect allow concers to grow more rapidly?

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