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When you think of colon cancer, you probably assume it’s a grandparent’s disease. But alarming new research shows that rates are rapidly rising in younger adults. If you were born in 1990, you have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer compared to someone born around 1950, according to a 2017 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“We’re all baffled and perplexed by this,” says Mark Pochapin, MD, professor of medicine and director of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at New York University Langone Health.

Even more concerning, the study found that people younger than 55 are nearly 60 percent more likely to

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