Marcy was diagnosed in 2002 at age 35 with stage 4 cancer, exactly one month after she was married. After multiple surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, she was cancer-free for 3 years. In January 2016, she had a reoccurrence and had to do more surgery.
Marcy is not alone.
Researchers reported earlier this year that colorectal cancer rates are rising in people in their 20s and 30s. Although health professionals recommend you start screening for colon cancer at age 50, these findings suggest we need to find reliable ways to detect colorectal cancer early in young people.
Screening guidelines aside, anyone of any age concerned about symptoms or colorectal cancer should talk to their doctor. Learn more about the rise of colon cancer among young people.