Colorectal cancer deaths are rocketing in young white people as rates drop in older African Americans – and researchers are ‘perplexed’

Colorectal cancer deaths have rocketed among under 55s – particularly white people – in the US since the mid-2000s, new figures reveal.

For decades, the most at-risk demographics were African Americans and over-55s.

However, rates have plummeted in blacks and older people after years of efforts to target diagnosis and deaths in these demographics.

Simultaneously, death rates are rapidly increasing in younger people and white people, according to the figures published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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