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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

  • Polyp Removal Doesn’t Always Signal Raised Colon Cancer Risk, Study Says

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors may be performing too many repeat colonoscopies on people who’ve had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening, a new Norwegian study suggests. Many of these patients have no greater risk of dying from colon cancer than the general public, the researchers determined. [...]

  • 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 [...]

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