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

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

Colon Polyp Type May Be Key to Cancer Risk

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 – The type of colon polyp that's spotted during a colonoscopy may help predict the likelihood of colon cancer, new research shows. These polyps – also called adenomas – can be labeled advanced or non-advanced, explained researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Their study of almost 16,000 patients who underwent colonoscopy found that the long-term ...

Common Colon Cancer Screen May Help Men More Than Women

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Early Colon Cancer Screening Advised for Some

Posted 10 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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