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Younger people aren't always protected from colon cancer

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Colon Cancer is more common over age 50, but that doesn't mean you're protected because you're much younger than that.  Thirty-year old Jess Nixon was diagnosed five years ago with stage three colon cancer. After surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and remission, it's back now in her liver and lungs.

Dr. Scott Goldstein said, "The younger patients are increasing at about two percent a year.  It's rapid growth for that segment of the population." "We don't find a young patient at an early stage generally because their symptoms have been ignored until they progress."

Jess suffered from constipation and stomach cramps for six months before the diagnosis.  Another common symptom could be rectal bleeding, which should never be ignored.

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