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Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer starts in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. The risk of colorectal cancer goes up as you get older (90% of cases occur in people over 50), and if you eat a meat-heavy diet, smoke, or have a family history of the cancer. Colorectal cancer symptoms include pain, blood in the stool, and a change in bowel habits. Routine screening for colorectal cancer is recommended starting at age 50—or even sooner for those with risk factors.

Colorectal Cancer News

  • Colon Cancer’s Location May Be Factor in Survival

    TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The area of the colon where a cancer develops may play a role in a patient’s survival, a new study suggests. Researchers report that people with colon cancer that started in the left colon may be more likely to survive than those whose disease originated in the right colon, [...]

  • More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports. Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, [...]

  • Cancer Patients Prefer Care That Includes Their Input

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cancer patients who let their doctors make all the decisions are less likely to rate their care as excellent compared to patients who participate in their medical decisions, a new study suggests. “We found that patients with lung or colorectal cancer who felt more involved [...]

  • Smoking Tied to Higher Death Risk After Colon Cancer

    FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may increase the risk of earlier death for people who’ve survived colon cancer, a new study warns. American Cancer Society researchers looked at more than 2,500 colon cancer survivors in the United States. Slightly fewer than 1,100 died during an average of 7.5 years of follow-up, including about [...]

  • Colon Cancer Rates Rising Among Americans Under 50

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although the overall rate of colon cancer has fallen in recent decades, new research suggests that over the last 20 years the disease has been increasing among young and early middle-aged American adults. At issue are colon cancer rates among men and women between the ages [...]

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