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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

  • Fewer Patients With Advanced Colon Cancer Getting Surgery, Report Finds

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer U.S. colon cancer patients who are diagnosed in the final stages of their disease are having what can often be unnecessary surgery to have the primary tumor removed, researchers report. These patients are also living longer even as the surgery becomes less common, although their [...]

  • Gene Mutations Linked to Colon Cancer in Black Patients

    TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers who discovered new gene mutations linked to colon cancer in black Americans say their findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment. In the United States, blacks are significantly more likely to develop colon cancer and to die from the disease than other racial groups. For the study, the [...]

  • Vitamin D May Boost Colon Cancer Survival, Study Finds

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher vitamin D levels in patients with advanced colon cancer appear to improve response to chemotherapy and targeted anti-cancer drugs, researchers say. “We found that patients who had vitamin D levels at the highest category had improved survival and improved progression-free survival, compared with patients in [...]

  • Study Finds Link Between Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke Risk

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Newly diagnosed cancer patients are at increased risk for stroke in the months after they find out they have the disease. And the risk of stroke is higher among those with more aggressive cancer, a new study says. The findings come from an analysis of Medicare claims submitted [...]

  • Falling Cancer Death Rate Means 1.5 Million Lives Saved Over 20 Years

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Progress in the war against cancer has triggered a 22 percent drop in U.S. deaths over the past two decades, translating to about 1.5 million lives saved, a new American Cancer Society report finds. Even so, the annual report also predict that within a few [...]

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