Early-onset cancer connected to ‘accelerated aging’ trend in young people, new study claims

New research revealed the “unexpected” connection between cancer and “accelerated aging” in younger people.

At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California this week, results of a new study showed the risks of developing cancer and other diseases at a younger age in what one longevity expert found “highly troubling” data.

Early-onset cancer was the determined diagnosis for patients in the study who were younger than 55 years old.

According to Fox News:

The researchers analyzed data from 148,724 people using the UK Biobank database.

They estimated each person’s biological age using nine biomarkers in the blood — then compared that to their chronological age.

Those with a higher biological age had a 42% increased risk of early-onset lung cancer, were 22% more prone to early-onset gastrointestinal cancer, and had a 36% higher risk for early-onset uterine cancer.

The researchers also determined that people born after 1965 were 17% more likely to experience accelerated aging than those born in earlier decades.

 

“Historically, both cancer and aging have been viewed primarily as concerns for older populations,” Ruiyi Tian, MPH, one of the study researchers, told Fox News Digital.

“The realization that cancer, and now aging, are becoming significant issues for younger demographics over the past decades was unexpected,” the graduate student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis added.

“The principal findings highlight that accelerated aging is increasingly prevalent among successive birth cohorts, potentially serving as a crucial risk factor or mediator for various environmental and lifestyle-related risk factors leading to early-onset cancer,” Tian told the outlet in an email. “This discovery challenges us to reconsider the underlying causes of the increasing incidence of early-onset cancers among newer generations.”

Researchers hope the study’s findings will drive a push to find ways to slow biological aging as a “new avenue for cancer prevention.” In addition, screening efforts can be directly customized for younger patients.

Recently, Tucker Carlson spoke with tech mogul Bryan Johnson who has been working on a “blueprint” for longevity and claimed, “I slowed my speed of aging.”

“It is vital for recent generations to become more health-conscious and consider the implications of accelerated aging,” Tian told Fox News Digital.

A longevity expert spoke on accelerated aging with the media outlet, explaining chronological age.

“Just because a person is 40 years old chronologically does not mean that they are 40 years old biochemically,” Dr. Brett Osborn, a Florida neurologist, told Fox News Digital. “In other words, there may be a difference in one’s age – meaning, how long they’ve stood on this earth – and the body’s inner biochemical health, or lack thereof.”

He explained that “if one’s biological age is higher than their calculated biological age” it could mean they are “aging at an accelerated rate relative to their chronological age.”

Osborn called the findings from the Washington University study “highly troubling.”

“This parallels the deteriorating health of the younger generations, as is evidenced – in this study – by the heightened cancer risk in the same population,” he said.

Warning that the nation’s health “is imperiled,” the neurologist added that “unless radical measures are taken, this trend will likely worsen before it gets better.”

“The younger population will be stricken with lethal diseases at an earlier age.”

Frieda Powers

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