This project funds our Annual Research Scholar Award that provides a young clinical scholar with the funding necessary to spend an entire academic year being mentored in a top basic science and/or clinical research laboratory focused on hereditary and early-age-onset colorectal cancer (CRC).
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, and the number of people diagnosed aged 20 to 29 increased 5.2% a year in men and 5.6% in women between 1992 and 2005. Because colorectal cancer usually effects those over 50, we are just beginning to uncover the reasons behind those who are diagnosed younger. We still don't have a strong knowledge of the many factors that contribute to hereditary or early-onset CRC. By uncovering those we hope to better prevent and treat CRC.
Donations to the Annual Research Scholar Award advance the education of a young clinical scholar who is focused on hereditary and early-onset colorectal cancer. This not only directly advances our understanding of CRC through their work as a scholar, but also provides them with a collaborative environment that will build their future success. By funding additional focus on early-onset and hereditary CRC, we more quickly find answers to rising increase in diagnoses.
The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation's mission is "A World Without Colorectal Cancer." By funding young researchers focused on the most pressing issue in colorectal cancer research, we pave the way to finding long-term solutions for young people who may be genetically or otherwise prone to CRC. This also improves screening and treatment for people of all ages.