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Colorectal Cancer Rates Up; Blame Obesity

Obesity, Lifestyle Changes Are Factors in the Major Increases in Colorectal Cancer Rates

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The male colorectal cancer incidence rates in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Japan not only exceeded the peak incidence observed in the U.S. and other long-standing developed countries, but continue to increase.

Umar and Greenwald in a news release call the rising rates “alarming” and say they point “toward a failed early detection and prevention strategy as well as failure to address lifestyle and dietary challenges of urbanization that affect most of the globe.”

Screening procedures for colorectal cancer such as colonoscopy has contributed to the decrease in incidence rates among males and females in the U.S., the study says.

Japan’s problem, in essence, is that its people “have moved to California” in their behaviors and habits and adopted unhealthy diets and lifestyles, Jemal tells WebMD. The same is true in other nations undergoing transformations as their economies become more developed.

“This is very alarming,” Jemal says.

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