Leading doctors are highlighting a mysterious worldwide rise in cancer cases among patients aged under 50.

Widely covered in the mainstream media, the development follows the recent announcement by Britain’s Princess Catherine that she herself has now been diagnosed with the disease.

The cause of the global increase, which is said to have sparked alarm among scientists, is hotly debated. But while improved diagnostic methods, genetic predispositions, lifestyles, and as yet unknown environmental factors have all been proposed as possible reasons, the roles of some other possible influences are essentially being ignored.

Illustrating the scale of the problem, the annual cancer incidence rate among British individuals aged between 25 and 49 has reportedly reached 162.4 cases per 100,000 people. This represents a 22 per cent increase over the figure in the 1990s.

At the global level, a study published in the BMJ Oncology journal last year revealed that, between 1990 and 2019, there was a 79 percent surge in the incidence of early-onset cancer and a 27 percent higher number of early-onset cancer deaths.

Cancers previously seen as being more common in older age groups are increasingly being diagnosed in younger adults.

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