An update on the epidemiology, molecular characterization, diagnosis, and screening strategies for early-onset colorectal cancer.

Rising trends in the incidence and mortality of early-onset CRC in those who are ages less than 50 years have been well-established. These trends have spurred intense investigation focused on elucidating the epidemiology and characteristics of early-onset CRC, as well on identifying strategies for early detection and prevention. In this review, we provide a contemporary update on early-onset CRC with a particular focus on epidemiology, molecular characterization, red flag signs and symptoms, and screening for early-onset CRC.

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