Oncologist: There is concerning trend that includes Kate's diagnosis.

Many were astonished to learn that 42-year-old Catherine, Princess of Wales, has cancer. As a medical oncologist, I'm devastated yet unsurprised.

Early-onset cancer in adults under 50 is common. The global trend of younger cancer patients is growing. Furthermore, it disproves the idea that cancer only affects older individuals.

In the past week, I visited a 37-year-old woman with breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes, bones, lung, and liver.

The room next door contained a 45-year-old with colon cancer that had progressed so widely that the liver was filled with tumors. 

According to a 2023 BMJ Oncology study, early-onset cancer incidence surged 79.1% and fatalities jumped 27.7% worldwide during 1990 to 2019.

 The Journal of the American Medical Association published more detailed data on this uptick last year, showing that from 2010 to 2019, breast cancer was the most common cancer in this younger population, while gastrointestinal cancers were rising the fastest.

This shocking increase in gastrointestinal cancers alone shows the hazards of birth year. 

Last year, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute medical oncologist Kimmie Ng told The Boston Globe, “People born in 1990 have over double the risk of getting colon cancer compared to those born in 1950. And double rectal cancer risk.”

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