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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

  • Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

    Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows.

  • Want to Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates? Run a Lottery

    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A lottery could be an effective means of getting people engaged in potentially lifesaving colon cancer screening, a new study suggests. The study focused on a noninvasive, at-home stool test called the fecal occult blood test. The test — which can detect small amounts of blood in stool that [...]

  • Colon Cancer on the Rise in Younger Adults

    There’s good news and bad news in the war against colon cancer: While rates have fallen among older Americans, cases among adults aged 20 to 49 are rising and expected to continue to do so, a new study finds.

  • ‘Prehabilitation’ Before Colon Cancer Surgery May Aid Recovery

    MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercising, eating a healthy diet and learning relaxation techniques before colorectal cancer surgery appeared to speed a patient’s recovery, a small study found. The study included 38 patients who took part in a “prehabilitation” program and 39 who only did normal rehabilitation after their surgery. The prehabilitation program lasted an [...]

  • Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened. But a new study suggests that, at least with colon cancer, knowledge does not change behavior: People who found out [...]

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