Do Red Meat and Sugar Cause Young Onset Colorectal Cancer?

The incidence of young onset colorectal cancer has risen by 51% since 1994. As a result, approximately 11% of all new diagnoses of colorectal cancer occur in individuals younger than 50 years old. Several studies are underway to try and understand the cause of this increase in young-onset CRC.

Dr. Suneel Kamath of the Cleveland Clinic joins us to explain the results of his recent study on metabolomic differences in young onset versus average onset colorectal adenocarcinoma, and what’s most important for patients to take away from these findings. While this study looked at the consumption of red meat and sugars as it relates to how the body breaks down and uses these foods, Dr. Kamath helps us understand whether these foods are to blame for CRC.

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