Secrets of the rise in cancer cases among young people around the world

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A scanning electron micrograph of cancer cells in the intestine

A scanning electron micrograph of cancer cells in the intestine

Steve Geischmeissner/Science Photo Library

When it comes to cancer research, we regularly hear good news about the number of people who are benefiting from advances in treatment. But there is bad news about this condition that gets very little attention. For three decades, there has been a gradual rise in the number of people diagnosed with cancer under the age of 50 – and we don’t fully know why.

The increase in bowel cancer is highest, but the increase in incidence is almost…

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