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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

  • Too Few Younger, High-Risk Americans Get a Colonoscopy: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A majority of people with a family history of colon cancer are not getting screened for the disease early enough, a new study finds. Guidelines say colonoscopies should start at age 40 for people with a close relative who had colon cancer. However, only 38 percent [...]

  • Many Americans Not Getting Routine Cancer Screenings: CDC

    THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans aren’t getting recommended screening tests for colon, breast and cervical cancers, a new federal study shows. Among adults in the age groups recommended for screening, about two in five were not up to date with colon cancer screening, one in four women were not up to date [...]

  • Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Colon Cancer Survival

    THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients seem to have a better chance of survival if they have already been practicing healthy lifestyle habits before their diagnosis, a new study suggests. Survival rates for colon cancer vary widely, even among patients who have similar tumors and receive the same treatment. It has [...]

  • Switch From U.S. to African Diet May Lower Colon Cancer Risk in Blacks

    TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When a group of black Americans switched their diet from a typical American one to that of South Africans, certain risk factors for colon cancer began to fade away, a small study found. The change was rapid, the researchers noted, suggesting the power of diet to alter colon cancer [...]

  • Vaccine Spurs Immune Response to Fight Aggressive Cancers in Mice

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a step toward personalized vaccines against cancer, scientists report they have developed an immune-system therapy that knocks out several types of aggressive tumors in mice. German researchers said the findings, reported April 22 in the journal Nature, could lead to a “blueprint” for developing tailored [...]

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