Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer: Are We Missing Key Clues?

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A new analysis, published in the Lancet Public Health, reporting the significant increase in obesity-related cancers among younger adults in the U.S. grabbed media headlines because the findings are worrisome in the context of the rising trend of obesity, particularly childhood obesity, in the United States. The researchers noted that the increased rates were particularly apparent in six of the 12 obesity-related cancer types in patients aged 25-49 years. Colorectal cancer is one of the obesity-related cancers and the increasing rates of colorectal cancer in younger adults has already been causing alarm and has prompted physicians and researchers to investigate the potential causes for this early-onset disease over the past decade.

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NAP Challenge as a Tool and Inspiration for a Cancer Survivors Group

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While helping survivors, I searched for an online program to complement my instruction.  I wanted an evidence-based program that aligned with my teaching on a healthy lifestyle.  I discovered the NAP (New American Plate) Challenge from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and signed up to give it a try. I found it to be an effective tool to help my patients with their journey.  

As a registered dietitian working with cancer survivors I see many experience unwanted weight gain during and after their treatment. For some, this is new, so they welcome my help with navigating changes in diet, exercise and other health behaviors. Cancer survivors are often open to change and motivated to live a healthier life to reduce risk of reoccurrence.

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