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Colorado Researchers Focus on Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer

By: Sarah Jackson
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019

Over the past 20 years, the incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer has risen. In younger adults between the ages of 20 and 29, the annual percentage increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer was 5.2% in men and 5.6% in women. To set research priorities that could possibly explain this rise in the incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer, research leaders in the study of early-onset colorectal cancer recently met near the University of Colorado Cancer Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus, for a workshop organized by Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC).

The day-long event had four goals: To prioritize possible risk factors for study, to identify existing studies that may offer insight into some of these risk factors, to determine the means that exist for new studies, and to understand the perspectives of policymakers and funders who may influence study feasibility. “Basically, we want to figure out how to figure out what is causing this dangerous increase in early-onset colorectal cancer,” said Andrea (Andi) Dwyer, Director of the Colorado Cancer Screening Program, with a joint appointment at the CU School of Public Health and Fight CRC, in an institutional press release.

Participants included about 40 researchers from leading research institutions in the United States as well as international attendees from Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK, with others joining remotely worldwide. Researchers spanned disciplines including basic research into the genetics of disease, clinicians focused on the treatment of cancer, and epidemiologists directed their attention to the collection and use of data to describe trends within the disease population.

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