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Hidden Blood in Feces May Signal Deadly Conditions

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MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Even if it's not visible to the naked eye, blood in the stool can be serious – a sign of a potentially fatal disease other than colon cancer, new research suggests. This could include circulatory, respiratory, digestive, blood, hormonal or neuropsychological diseases, the Scottish scientists said. A test that picks up unseen blood in feces, called a fecal occult blood ...

Health Tip: If You're 45 or Older, Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer

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-- The American Cancer Society's new colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommend that people at average risk start screening at age 45. That's a drop of five years from the former guidelines, which recommended the first screening at age 50. In lowering the age recommendation, the society cited rising numbers of colorectal cancer cases among younger Americans. Screening should begin even ...

Colonoscopies, Endoscopies Carry Greater Infection Risk Than Thought: Study

Posted 6 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – Getting a colonoscopy or an endoscopy may be riskier than you thought. Researchers report that the rate of infections following these procedures at outpatient ambulatory surgery centers could be 100 times higher than previously believed, a new study finds. Bacterial infections such as E. coli and Klebsiella can strike 1 in 1,000 patients after a screening colonoscopy, ...

ACS Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening to Start at Age 45

Posted 31 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening should begin at age 45 for people at average risk, according to updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society published online May 30 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Andrew M.D. Wolf, M.D., from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, and colleagues conducted a systematic evidence review of the ...

Triclosan, A Widely Used Antibacterial Tied to Colon Woes in Mice

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – Exposure to triclosan – a chemical in some shampoos and toothpastes – might raise the risk for colon inflammation and colon cancer, at least in mice, researchers say. New study results "suggest that triclosan could have adverse effects on gut health," said study leader Guodong Zhang, a food scientist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Triclosan is a common ...

New Guidelines Lower Colon Cancer Screening Age to 45

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – Most people should now begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45, say new guidelines that were spurred by the rising rate of the disease among younger Americans. For years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other medical groups have advised people at average risk of colon and rectal cancer to begin screening at age 50. Earlier screening has been reserved for ...

Blue's Clues: Adding Dye to Colonoscopy May Boost Detection

Posted 22 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – By having patients swallow a blue dye tablet as part of colonoscopy prep, doctors can boost their chances of catching telltale signs of cancer, new research suggests. The dye is technically referred to as "oral delayed-release methylene blue." When patients ingested the dye in tablet form alongside their usual pre-procedure cleansing preparation, it worked to highlight ...

Salix Receives FDA Approval for Plenvu, Next Generation 1-Liter Bowel Cleansing Preparation for Colonoscopies

Posted 7 May 2018 by

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. ("Salix"), one of the largest specialty pharmaceutical companies in the world committed to the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and a wholly owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE/TSX: VRX), and its partner Norgine B.V. ("Norgine") announced today that the U.S. Food and ...

Health Tip: Prepare for a Colonoscopy

Posted 4 May 2018 by

-- Many people who have had a colonoscopy say the prep is worse than the actual procedure. But it's a necessary evil. Improper preparation, and you might as well skip the test altogether. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy advises on preparing for a colonoscopy: A day before the procedure, limit foods to clear broth, tea, gelatin desserts, ginger ale, sherbet and clear fruit ...

Common Colon Cancer Screen May Help Men More Than Women

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – Sigmoidoscopy, an alternative to colonoscopy, may help one gender more than the other, new research shows. Flexible sigmoidoscopy looks at about a third of the colon, as compared to the whole colon as is seen in colonoscopy. But unlike colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy does not typically require sedation. However, new research finds that while sigmoidoscopy is associated with ...

Want to Help Beat Colon Cancer? Live Healthy

Posted 12 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 – More than 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, but new research suggests that adopting a healthy lifestyle goes a long way toward boosting survival. The study followed nearly 1,000 patients with advanced colon cancer for an average of seven years. It found that people who ate right and exercised had a 42 percent lower risk of dying during the study ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Posted 9 Apr 2018 by

-- Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, trailing only lung cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Some 140,000 Americans get colorectal cancer each year, resulting in more than 50,000 deaths, the agency says. Your risk of developing colorectal cancer increases as you get older. And because you may not have symptoms, the CDC ...

Red Meat Tied to Higher Colon Cancer Risk for Women

Posted 3 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 – Another study, this time in British women, finds that diets high in red meat are linked to higher odds for colon cancer. Numerous studies have linked a high intake of red meat to colon cancer. In fact, guidelines from the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund International, released in September, recommended that people limit their intake ...

Study Confirms Lifesaving Value of Colonoscopy

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – A large study has confirmed what many public health experts have long believed: Colonoscopy saves lives. The study looked at roughly 25,000 patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, where colonoscopy is widely used. The VA views it as the main screening test for patients aged 50 and older who have average odds for developing colon or rectal cancer. Of that ...

Early Colon Cancer Screening Advised for Some

Posted 10 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – From age 50 on, most people are advised to get a colonoscopy every 10 years to screen for colon cancer. But others may need to start screening earlier due to certain risk factors, an expert says. People most at risk for colon cancer are those with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) who has had the disease. Someone with more than one family member who has ...

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