Even with all of the advances in medical science the world has seen in the last few years, there are still major issues affecting young, healthy people. In particular, colorectal cancer rates among young Canadians are rising, and it may have to do with people gaining more weight in recent years.\nAccording to a study published in The Lancet, colorectal cancer rates have decreased overall in developed countries including Australia, Denmark, and Canada. However, in those same countries, the prevalence of colorectal cancer increased among people under the age of 50. Canada saw an increase of 3.4% in this age group.\nView this post on Instagram Colorectal Cancer Canada has partnered with ATGen Canada to create a colorectal cancer screening awareness campaign leading up to March, colorectal cancer awareness month. Here is our first poster. Please get screened! Please share. #colorectalcancerscreening #crcscreening #colonversation #NKVue #riskofcrc A post shared by Colorectal Cancer Canada (@coloncanada) on Jan 28, 2019 at 12:59pm PST\nSo what is causing this increase among young people? According to Colorectal Cancer Canada, factors including weight gain, smoking, drug use, and excess drinking can all contribute to colorectal cancer.\nDr. Leah Smith, senior manager of surveillance at the Canadian Cancer Society, told Global News, "We know that excess body weight is a major risk factor for colorectal cancer. Rates of obesity are increasing in our population so that could explain the increase.”\nScreening for these cancers may be uncomfortable, but the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology recommends that anyone who has a history of colorectal cancer in their family start getting screened earlier. Screening can greatly lower the risk of death from colorectal cancer, as it's one of the most treatable forms of cancer.\nRoughly 26,800 Canadians were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. It's estimated that one in 13 Canadian men and one in 16 Canadian women will develop some form of colorectal cancer. The five-year survival rate for this form of cancer is 63 percent in men and 65 percent in women.\nView this post on Instagram Knowing your family history of cancer can save you or a loved one. If you are a colorectal cancer patient or survivor or have had a history of colorectal polyps, be sure to share your medical details with family members so that they may be screened and followed appropriately. Start the conversation today! https://bit.ly/2Ko4nnv #nevertooyoung #youngsurvivorsweek #n2y Connaitre votre histoire familiale de cancer peut sauver votre vie ou celle d’un proche. Si vous êtes un patient avec le cancer colorectal, un survivant, ou quelqu’un avec une histoire de polypes colorectaux, assurez-vous de partager vos détails médicaux avec les membres de votre famille pour qu’ils puissent subir les tests de dépistage nécessaires et se faire suivre par leur médecin adéquatement. Commencez la conversation aujourd’hui ! https://bit.ly/2wAqvmn #jamaistropjeune #semainedesjeunessurvivants #jtj A post shared by Colorectal Cancer Canada (@coloncanada) on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:04am PDT\nSeeing a doctor regularly and knowing your family's medical history can aid in preventing colorectal cancer. Just because someone is young, doesn't mean it can't happen to them.