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 50or even sooner for those with risk factors.
Colorectal Cancer News
MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer screening rates in New York City rose 40 percent over four years, possibly due to the efforts of a coalition created to promote and improve access to the procedure, a new study suggests. Screening rates increased from 42 percent in 2003 to 62 percent in 2007, the [...]
Processed meats, the likes of which include bacon, hot dogs and sausages, can cause cancer and red meat may do the same, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New clinical trial results negate the supposed colon cancer-preventing benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplements. Neither calcium nor vitamin D, taken alone or together after precancerous colon polyps were removed, significantly reduced the risk of new polyps developing, researchers report. The results contradict decades of observational [...]
THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The longer it’s been since their last colonoscopy, the more likely patients are to forget important details about their procedure, a new study finds. In the study, 200 people were asked to recall the date of their last colonoscopy and the findings. Their answers were compared to their health [...]
A new study suggests the inexpensive pill might extend survival for patients battling cancers of the gastrointestinal tract — including tumors of the colon and esophagus.