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Study links accelerated aging to cancer risk in younger adults

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Researchers investigating the rise of certain cancers in younger adults have discovered a potential link to accelerated biological aging. Age is a major risk factor for cancer, and experts now recognize that biological age, affected by lifestyle, stress, and genetics, is a crucial factor. The researchers analyzed medical records of nearly 150,000 individuals and identified nine blood-based markers associated with biological age. Comparing biological and chronological ages, they found that people born after 1965 showed accelerated aging and had a higher risk of early-onset cancers, particularly lung, stomach and intestinal, and uterine cancers. The findings could help identify individuals at higher risk and provide targeted interventions.