In the News: Colon Cancer Risk Rising for Young People, World Happiness Report Gives Norway Top Ranking, Eating Vegetables May Reduce Stress

Colon cancer risk rising for young people. A recent study has found that Americans under 55 are seeing more colon and rectal cancer cases, with rates rising quickly. If you were born in 1990, you have twice the likelihood of developing colon cancer as if you were born in the ’50s. Since screenings are not common for patients under 50, when these cancers are diagnosed, they are often found at later stages. While there has been a notable increase in colon cancer cases among the population, future studies are required to answer the big question: why? Some symptoms to look out for are cramps, weight loss, constipation, bloating, and bloody stool. Since these symptoms can fall under the umbrella of so many other benign conditions, they are often ignored until the cancer worsens; this is why it’s so important to see a doctor immediately and to be prepared to get second and third opinions to be absolutely safe. To learn more about colon cancer, check out this fact sheet. (CNN)

World Happiness Report gives Norway top billing. According to this year’s World Happiness Report, which took 155 countries into consideration, Norway earned first place for overall happiness. Researchers considered social, socioeconomic, life expectancy, freedom, trust, and other factors into consideration when determining their rankings. The United States came in 14th place this year, with happiness levels declining by about .51 points. If you’re looking for places to travel to, other countries that broke the top 10 list include Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. (NYTIMES)

Eating vegetables may reduce stress. We all know that eating vegetables can help us lose weight, prevent various diseases, improve digestion, and give our skin a healthy boost, but now it looks like there’s another perk: stress relief. Studies have shown that eating three to four servings a day can lower anxiety levels by 14 percent, and eating five to seven servings of veggies and fruit combined, can lower stress by 23 percent. If you were looking for another reason to eat fresh produce, there you have it! Here are 10 ways to sneak some veggies into your diet. (FOOD&WINE)