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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

  • Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people who aren’t expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer — even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds. Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and [...]

  • Sigmoidoscopy Does Cut Risk of Dying From Colon Cancer: Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer screening done by sigmoidoscopy — a less invasive, cheaper alternative to colonoscopy — does cut people’s risk of developing or dying from the disease, a new clinical trial finds. Experts said the study, conducted in Norway and reported in the Aug. 13 issue of [...]

  • Highly Accurate, At-Home Colon Cancer Test Gets FDA Approval

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new at-home, DNA-based stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.

  • Black Veterans Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screening, Study Finds

    MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer screening rates for black patients in a Veterans Affairs health care system in California are much lower compared to other races, even though all patients have similar access to care, according to a new study. The study also found that having a primary care health provider greatly [...]

  • New Cancer Classification System Might Boost Patient Outcomes

    THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Changes to the way cancers are classified could lead to more accurate diagnoses and perhaps more effective treatments in about one in 10 cancer patients, new research suggests. Typically, cancers are categorized according to the tissue in which they originated, such as breast, bladder or kidney cancer. But tissues [...]

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