Do Young People Get Colon Cancer?

Age is a primary risk factor for many cancers and most people get tested for colon cancer based on age alone. How common is colon cancer for people under the recommended colon cancer screening age of 40? Learn the answer in this video with Dr. George P. Kim.

George P. Kim, MD:  Colon cancer under the age of 40 is not that common.  If we see a patient who is in their 40s or under the age of 40 that sends off alarms and we really want to get a good family history to see if there are risks in other family for the development of colon cancer.  There are some very interesting data from The Centers for Disease Control, The CDC, and they have actually come up with some prediction models that help understand what the risks are.  If you are at the age of 30 then over the next 10 years your risk of colon cancer is well less than 1%, it’s 0.7%.  So that just tells you how unusual or uncommon it is for patients to develop colon cancer at the age of 40.

George P. Kim, MD is an Assistant Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and is a consultant in the Department of Hematology and Oncology, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.

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