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Early Colon Cancer Screening Advised for Some

Posted 13 days ago 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 ...

Calcium Supplements Tied to Higher Odds of Colon Polyps

Posted 2 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Could the calcium supplement you take to help your bones be harming your colon? That's the suggestion from a new study that finds a link between the daily supplement and an increased risk for polyps in the colon. Polyps are not cancerous, but some can eventually turn into cancer if they're not removed. Further research is needed to confirm the findings. But if calcium ...

Could Your Colonoscopy Raise Your Risk for Appendicitis?

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – A colonoscopy can save your life by detecting and removing colon cancer, but it might also trigger appendicitis, a new study suggests. Experts aren't sure exactly why that happens, and, fortunately, it's rare. And it shouldn't stop you from getting a colonoscopy, according to lead researcher Dr. Marc Basson. "Having a colonoscopy, or something about a colonoscopy, ...

Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – A simple, cheap blood test to detect colon cancer – even in its early stages – appears highly effective and accurate, new research indicates. The test detects so-called "circulating tumor cells" (CTCs). Researchers tested it on 620 people in Taiwan who were scheduled for a routine colonoscopy at a local hospital. By comparing the blood test results with the ...

These Foods May Up Your Odds for Colon Cancer

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – Chowing down on red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase your long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests. These foods all increase inflammation in your body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies. Basically, what makes for a ...

Don't Fret Delays in Treating Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Delays in colon cancer treatment may not increase the risk of death, according to a new study. Canadian researchers examined data from more than 900 people diagnosed with stage 1 to stage 3 colon cancer. Some began treatment within a month of diagnosis, and others started treatment either 30 to 59 days, 60 to 89 days, 90 to 119 days or more than four months after ...

Study Untangles Disparity in Colon Cancer Survival Rates

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Health insurance and tumor characteristics are major reasons for the differences in colon cancer survival rates between blacks and whites in the United States, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly 200,000 Americans with colon cancer, ages 18-64, and found that the five-year survival rate was 66.5 percent for whites and 57.3 percent for blacks – a ...

Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What ...

Should Colon Cancer Screening Start at 45, not 50?

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Currently, people at average risk of colon cancer are told to start screening for the disease at age 50. But a new study raises the question of whether earlier screening could be better. Looking at more than 6,000 patients who underwent colonoscopies, French researchers found the rate of abnormal colon growths started to rise sharply at age 45. Among 45- to 49-year-old ...

Here's the Recipe to Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – For reducing colon cancer risk, whole grains and regular exercise are a must, while processed meats and alcohol should be limited, a large research review finds. Three servings (about 3 ounces) a day of whole grains – such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread – may lower colon cancer risk by 17 percent, according to a new report from the American Institute for Cancer ...

Deaths From Colon Cancer Up Among Younger White Americans

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Colon cancer is claiming the lives of more younger, white Americans, a troubling new report shows. "It's quite perplexing. It's not understood why this is happening, and that makes it even more concerning," said lead author Rebecca Siegel, strategic director of surveillance information services for the American Cancer Society. Also alarming is that this hike in colon ...

$100 Sweetens the Pot for a Colonoscopy

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – It appears that $100 might go a long way toward convincing someone to get a colonoscopy. New research found that such a cash incentive doubled the chances that older adults were screened for colon cancer. "Colonoscopy is challenging for patients, requiring a day off from work, a bowel-cleansing preparation, and transportation, in addition to non-financial costs of ...

Obesity in Teen Years Tied to Colon Cancer Risk in Adulthood

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Obesity even in adolescence may raise the odds for colon cancer in adulthood, a large new study finds. Overweight and obese teens in Israel had about a 53 percent higher risk for colon cancer as adults, researchers found. And for rectal cancer, obesity – but not overweight --was tied to more than double the risk for girls, and 71 percent higher odds for boys, compared to ...

Easier Colon Exam Boosts Screening, But Insurers May Not Pay

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – People with insurance that covers virtual colonoscopy are nearly 50 percent more likely to get screened for colon cancer, a new study shows. Like traditional colonoscopy, the newer, virtual test can detect precancerous polyps and cancer, but it's less invasive. It uses CT technology to see inside the colon. The American Cancer Society recommends so-called CT colonography ...

Blacks More Prone to Colon Cancers That Arise Between Colonoscopies: Study

Posted 23 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Colon cancer guidelines now recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50 for people at average risk for the disease. But a new study finds that older black Americans are far more likely than whites to develop a colon cancer in the decade-long gap between these screenings. Some of this may be due to where black patients receive their colonoscopy, the ...

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