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
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Don’t hope for a quick colonoscopy. The longer your screening takes, the less likely you are to get colon cancer, a new study suggests. The findings provide strong evidence to support current guidelines about how long colonoscopies should last, the researchers said. In a colonoscopy, a doctor inserts a thin tube [...]
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Regularly taking low-dose aspirin or other common pain relievers may lower long-term risk of colon cancer, new research suggests. Men and women who took low-dose (75 to 150 milligrams) aspirin for five years or more saw their risk of colon cancer drop by 27 percent. And [...]
Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report.
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients who regularly drink caffeinated coffee may be lowering their risk of tumor recurrence and death from the disease, new research suggests. But researchers added that it’s premature to tell patients to drink coffee to reduce their risk of the cancer’s return. The study found [...]
TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Colonoscopy can save lives, but experts agree that testing rates remain too low. Now, researchers say a special scoring system might point to those people at highest risk for colon cancer, who may need the test the most. The system might also make colon cancer screening more [...]