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  2. Feb 23, 2024

Processed Meat Linked to Increase in Colorectal Cancer in People Under 50

The American Cancer Society’s annual report found that the rate of colorectal cancer in people under 50 years old is on the rise, and processed meat may be to blame.1 A new study published in Nutrition and Cancer found that those under the age of 50 years who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer were more likely to consume higher amounts of processed meat and lower amounts of fruit and vegetables compared to those diagnosed over the age of 50 years.2 


  1. Dizon DS, Kamal AH. Cancer statistics 2024: All hands on deck. CA Cancer J Clin. 2024. doi:10.3322/caac.21824
  2. Burnett-Hartman AN, Ton M, He Q, et al. Dietary factors differ between young-onset and older-onset colorectal cancer patients. Nutr Cancer. 2024. doi:10.1080/01635581.2024.2316934 

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