Colorectal cancer is affecting people younger than before

The median age for colorectal cancer has lowered from 72 in 1989 to 66 years old in 2016

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – Some diseases that usually occur later in life are starting to affect younger people.

Studies are showing that colon cancer and rectal cancer cases are becoming more prevalent in people younger than 50.

The recent death of movie star Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer has put that fact into the limelight.

The American Cancer Society says colorectal cancer cases among those under 50 have been increasing since the 1990s.

Experts say you may want to start getting screened earlier if you have a relative who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

“So suppose if a family member gets diagnosed at age 50, a first-degree relative should get a colonoscopy about ten years earlier, so about 40,” said Dr. Davinder Singh of Mayo Clinic Health System.

The median age for colorectal cancer has lowered from 72 in 1989 to 66 years old in 2016.