An analysis of data on more than 20,000 colorectal cancer patients showed that those younger than age 40 had a 30% greater likelihood of dying from the condition compared with their 57-year-old counterparts, and were 28% more likely to have their disease progress and spread in a year than 61-year-olds. However, the oldest cancer patients had a 72% increased risk of dying and 19% higher chance of having their disease spread than those aged 57 and 61. The findings were presented at the European Cancer Congress.

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