Appendix Cancer Incidence Rising Among Young People

Yesterday, in a news story titled “Appendix Cancer Striking Young Patients” Robert and Angela Adams share their experience regarding Robert’s recent appendix cancer diagnosis. Robert is currently seeking treatment at Vanderbilt and hopes to have CRS/HIPEC soon following chemotherapy.

“Doctors are seeing an increase in the number of patients with appendix cancer. Many of the patients are younger.”[1]

Recently the Appendix Cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation co-hosted an educational webinar with Dr. Andreana Holowatyj of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, “Appendix Cancer in Young Adults: A Distinct Disease Burden”.
As the incidence of appendiceal cancer continues to rise with causes unknown, little is currently known about the risk factors and etiologies of this rare malignancy—particularly among young individuals. There is currently little knowledge of the unique appendix cancer burden among individuals younger than age 50 years at diagnosis. Check out Dr. Holowaytyj’s webinar below to learn more.


For appendix cancer, awareness is so incredibly important! Thank you, Robert and Angela, for sharing your story.


[1] “Appendix Cancer Striking Young Patients” by Carley Gordon