The study reveals that cancer cases have increased by 80% among young adults over the past 30 years
The risk of cancer increases with age - but new research shows there has been a 79 per cent rise in the number of people under the age of 50 developing cancer over the past three decades.
Drawing on data from a global perspective, evidence shows that cancer cases among young people have increased in many parts of the world since the 1990s.
2019 saw 1.82 million new cancer diagnoses among under-50s, a 79% increase over the number recorded in 1990.
Publishing their findings in the journal BMJ Oncology, the researchers estimate that the global number of new cases of early-onset cancer and related deaths will increase by 31 percent and 21 percent by 2030, with those in 40 - the most endangered.
They said genetic factors may play a role, but diets high in red meat and salt, and low in fruit and dairy, as well as alcohol and tobacco use are major risk factors in many of the most common cancers in humans. under 50 years old. Lack of exercise, excess weight gain and high blood sugar are also contributing factors, according to the data.