According to recent research, colorectal cancer rates have been rising in healthy people under age 50. Now the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended colon cancer screening start at age 45 instead of age 50.

Till now 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases happen in people over age 50. But now cases of colorectal cancer have been increasing in adults younger than 50.

A study conducted by the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that colorectal cancer is gradually becoming the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for the age group 20 to 49. A Yale Medicine colorectal surgeon said in a statement, “We are seeing a clear uptick in colorectal cancer in younger generations.”

Experts say that lifestyle measures can help prevent colon cancer. For this reason, we need to follow some healthy habits like eating less red meat, avoiding smoking and drinking excess alcohol, and maintaining our healthy weight.