Why, in spite of leading healthy lifestyles, are more millennials developing colorectal cancer? Is it time for a colonoscopy?

Whatever you think of millennials, they deserve some credit for being the ones who brought TikTok, avocado toast, and Taylor Swift to the masses. The Class of 1981-1996, which includes those between the ages of 28 and 43, has also graduated with honors for adeptly incorporating millennial terminology into direct messages (DMs) that are now widely used expressions and YOLO-ing them to the hilt due to, well, FOMO.


In addition to their fear of missing out, millennials are also known for being extremely health-conscious. In any case, based on a survey conducted by market research company Nielsen. Despite being younger than baby boomers and Generation X, they are purchasing more organic and gluten-free goods, health supplements, and other items to combat illnesses later in life. Therefore, some doctors are surprised to learn that colorectal cancer, which affects the colon and rectum, is increasing in this generation.


Dr. Ganesh Ramalingam, the medical director of G&L Clinic and a general surgery specialist, has also observed this tendency. “In 2019, patients under the age of 55 were diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a rate of about 20%, which is double the rate from 1995.” According to him, the rate of advanced disease among people under 50 has also been steadily rising at a rate of 3% every year. “Millennials in particular have a doubled risk of colorectal cancer when compared to people born in 1950.” Cancer of the colon and rectum doesn’t care who you are—young or old, boomer or Gen Xer. For men under 50, it is the primary cause of cancer death, and for women in the same age range, it is the second most common cause. Commonly acknowledged contributing variables include high-sodium foods, excessive sugar consumption, low-fiber diets, and illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and persistent constipation. Chronic stress and inactivity can have an impact; stress can cause inflammation that leads to cancer, and inactivity slows down bowel movements.

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