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Here's the Recipe to Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Research and the World Cancer Research Fund International. And greater consumption of whole grains confers even more protection, said the researchers, who evaluated close to 100 studies. Among more than 29 million adult participants, about 250,000 had colon cancer. "The extensive review of the scientific literature revealed that colorectal cancer is largely preventable through a healthy diet and lifestyle," said report panel member Dr. Edward Giovannucci. "Maintaining a healthy body weight, ... Read more

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Deaths From Colon Cancer Up Among Younger White Americans

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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 cancer incidence and deaths doesn't seem to be the result of more colon cancer screening. "It's probably a real increase among young people," Siegel noted. An examination of trends from 1970 through 2014 found the uptick most pronounced for aggressive cancer that spreads from the colon to other body organs. "What's disturbing is that colon cancer is detectable and curable when detected early," said Dr. Darrell Gray, of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Because colon cancer is ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Diagnosis and Investigation, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

$100 Sweetens the Pot for a Colonoscopy

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

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 anxiety and discomfort," said study author Dr. Shivan Mehta. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "The improvement we saw in the rate of screening colonoscopies was statistically significant, and shows for the first time that a financial incentive can at least modestly boost that rate," Mehta added in a university news release. Colon cancer kills more than 50,000 people in the United States every year, second only to lung cancer. But most potential ... Read more

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Obesity in Teen Years Tied to Colon Cancer Risk in Adulthood

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

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 normal-weight teens. "This study is additional evidence that risk factors for colon cancer operate through the life course," said Dr. Andrew Chan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The findings "highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight even in childhood," added Chan, who wasn't involved in the study. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in U.S. men and women, excluding skin cancer. About ... Read more

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Easier Colon Exam Boosts Screening, But Insurers May Not Pay

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

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 as one way to screen people for colon cancer starting at age 50, but not all insurance companies cover it. Only about two-thirds of people who should be screened for colon cancer actually get tested, said the study's lead author, Dr. Maureen Smith. She is a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. "CT colonography is a newer technology that can detect both pre-cancer and cancer, but because it's relatively new it isn't widely covered by insurance ... Read more

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

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

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 researchers said. "Blacks and other minorities more frequently received colonoscopies from physicians with lower [colon] polyp detection rates, suggesting there was lower quality of care," said study lead author Stacey Fedewa, a researcher with the American Cancer Society. Speaking in society news release, she said the findings "are consistent with previous reports that blacks were more likely to receive health care from physicians in lower resource settings." In the study, Fedewa's team tracked data ... Read more

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Overweight Boys Face Higher Colon Cancer Risk as Adults

Posted 21 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – Overweight boys may be more likely to develop colon cancer later in life, but losing weight might lower that risk, Danish researchers say. Although earlier studies have suggested that overweight children run a higher risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer as adults, it had been less clear what effect weight loss might have on this risk. "These results highlight the importance of weight management in childhood," Britt Wang Jensen, of Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, and colleagues reported. Excluding skin cancers, colon cancer is the third leading cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. More than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and almost 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be detected in 2017, the cancer society added. In the new study, the researchers examined the health ... Read more

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HPV Vaccine May Also Prevent Cancers Affecting Men

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – The same vaccine that cuts the risk of cervical cancer in women might also lower the chances of head and neck cancers in men, new research suggests. In addition to being linked to cervical cancer, the human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cancers in the back of the throat, in an area known as the oropharynx. HPV is linked with about 70 percent of these types of cancers in the United States, and the rates of these cancers are rising dramatically, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved HPV vaccines for prevention of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers in women, and anal cancers in men. However, the HPV vaccine hasn't been FDA-approved for prevention of head and neck cancers, because the vaccines have not been evaluated in clinical trials for that purpose. "We don't know if there's ... Read more

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Nuts! Good Medicine for Colon Cancer Survivors?

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Colon cancer patients might improve their chances of survival if they eat nuts along with an overall healthy diet and regular exercise, two new studies report. In a seven-year study, patients successfully treated for stage 3 colon cancer who ate at least 2 ounces of nuts a week had a 42 percent lower chance of their cancer coming back and a 57 percent lower risk of dying from the disease. Stage 3 means the cancer may have spread to surrounding tissues, but hasn't spread to distant organs. These preliminary findings jibe with those of a second trial. That study found that colon cancer survivors with the highest healthy lifestyle scores – eating right, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight – had a 42 percent lower risk of death than those with the lowest scores. Both studies are scheduled for presentation next month at the annual meeting of the American ... Read more

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Get Ready for Your 'Capsule Robot' Colon Cancer Check

Posted 8 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – Not looking forward to your next colonoscopy? Don't worry – in the future, a tiny capsule less than an inch long may navigate your colon to check for cancer risk, scientists report. Researchers at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center used magnets to guide the tethered "capsule robot" through a pig's colon. "Not only is the capsule robot able to actively maneuver through the GI tract to perform diagnostics, it is also able to perform therapeutic maneuvers, such as biopsies of tissue or polyp removal, due to the tether – something that other capsule devices are unable to do," lead researcher Dr. Keith Obstein explained. His team said the magnetized capsule robot is 0.7 inches long and inserted rectally. It's then guided through the colon by using an external magnet that's attached to a robotic arm. The capsule also has an attached tether that is much ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Delay a Needed Colonoscopy at Your Own Risk

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – People who wait too long to get a colonoscopy after a "positive" screening test for colon cancer may face a heightened risk of the disease, a new study finds. The study asked a fundamental question: If a stool test suggests someone might have cancer, how long can someone safely wait to have a colonoscopy? Colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end to allow your doctor to see inside your colon. The study found that some delay appeared to cause no harm. People who had a follow-up colonoscopy within 10 months faced no greater risk of colon cancer than those who had their colonoscopy within one month. But when the wait was longer, the cancer risk rose. After 10 months, the risk of colon cancer was roughly 50 percent to two times greater. And the odds of being diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer were two to three times ... Read more

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Many Disabled Adults Aren't Screened for Colon Cancer: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 – American adults with disabilities have lower colon cancer screening rates than other adults, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed South Carolina Medicaid and Medicare claims, state health plan claims and hospital discharge data from 2000 to 2009. About 48 percent of the general population reported having routine screenings, compared to 34 percent of those with intellectual disabilities; 44 percent of those with spinal cord injuries, and 46 percent of people with blindness or limited sight. "These individuals may not be routinely screened for colon cancer due to a lack of education and awareness, transportation challenges or other barriers," study author Chelsea Deroche said in a University of Missouri-Columbia news release. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics. "These findings support the need for increased ... Read more

Related support groups: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Prolonged Antibiotic Use Tied to Precancerous Colon Growths

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – Taking antibiotics for an extended period in early to middle adulthood might increase your risk for precancerous growths in your colon, a large study suggests. Women who took antibiotics for two weeks or more in their 20s through their 50s were more likely to have colon lesions in their 60s than women who didn't take the drugs for an extended period, researchers found. If not removed, these lesions – called polyps or adenomas – can lead to colon cancer. "This suggests that alterations in the naturally occurring bacteria that live in one's intestines caused by antibiotics might predispose individuals to colorectal cancer," said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. But, although the risk for colon cancer was raised, it wasn't to a level "where it should worry individuals who need to take antibiotics for clear medical reasons," said Chan, an associate professor of ... Read more

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Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – Colon cancer can be treated and cured if it's diagnosed early, and a colonoscopy is one of the best ways to detect the disease, a gastroenterologist says. "Routine colonoscopy exams are lifesavers and may reduce your risk of succumbing to colorectal cancer by 90 percent," said Dr. Ellen Gutkin, from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens. Even healthy adults with no family or medical history of colon cancer should get routine colonoscopies. The cancer can develop without symptoms and once symptoms begin, it could mean the cancer is more advanced and less likely to be cured. Gutkin noted that women and men have the same risk for colon cancer, and that having no risk factors does not mean you won't develop the disease. "The single biggest modifiable risk factor for colorectal cancer is a failure to be screened," she said in a hospital news release. Beginning at ... Read more

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Colon Cancer Rates, Deaths Drop in Americans Over 50

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – In some good news for older Americans, a new report shows that colorectal cancer rates among those over 50 fell 32 percent since 2000, while deaths from the disease fell by 34 percent. Those declines are likely due to increased screening, which can prevent colorectal cancer by detecting and removing precancerous polyps, according to the report released March 1 by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Among older adults, colorectal cancer rates are dropping fastest in those aged 65 and older, and for tumors located in the distal colon (the last part of the colon). The drop is slowest among those aged 50 to 64 and for rectal tumors, the researchers found. For example, there was a 9 percent decline in the incidence of rectal tumors in men aged 50 to 64 and no decline among women in the same age group. But those rates dropped 38 percent in men and 41 percent in ... Read more

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