My daughter was 41 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 4 cancer in the orbital of her eye. After treatment the cancer is inactive, but she will never be cancer free, and the danger of a flare-up is still there.
According to a Wall Street Journal article (January 11, 2024), obesity and lifestyle choices are linked to cancers like colorectal, breast, and pancreatic, but doctors emphasize that they don't fully explain the rise in cancer cases among young, otherwise healthy patients. Some individuals, despite being in good health, develop cancer at a young age, challenging conventional explanations.
|Graph from WSJ
- Oncologists have identified a higher risk of early-onset colorectal cancer in women with prolonged TV watching habits and those who consumed sugary drinks in high school.
- Additionally, a connection has been observed between being born via caesarean section and an increased risk of colorectal cancer in some women.
- Studies suggest that diets rich in deep-fried and highly processed foods may contribute to early-onset colorectal cancer, while those high in fiber, fruits, and vegetables may lower risks.
- Researchers, including Dr. Y. Nancy You at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, have investigated the role of bacteria and other microbes in rectal cancer patients, finding age-related differences. Changes in the microbiome influenced by diet, antibiotic use, or other factors might contribute to inflammation and increased cancer risks.
- There's suspicion that cancer-causing exposures may have occurred during patients' childhood, making it challenging to trace specific causes.