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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

  • Midlife Fitness May Be a Real Cancer Fighter for Men

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fit middle-aged men appear less likely to develop lung and colon cancer in later life than their out-of-shape peers. And if they do develop cancer, they are more likely to beat it, a new study suggests. Nearly 14,000 men underwent treadmill tests at midlife and had [...]

  • Certain Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk for Some

    TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Prior research has suggested that regular use of a certain class of painkillers might lower colon cancer risk, but a new study finds that a person’s genetics may also play a big role. Regular, long-term use of nonprescription painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — drugs that [...]

  • More Screening Could Cut Annual Colon Cancer Deaths by 21,000: Study

    THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Boosting older adults’ colon cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018 would lead to 21,000 fewer deaths from the cancer each year in the United States by 2030, a new study suggests. Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Yet in 2013, [...]

  • Why Including THIS Food in a Plant-Based Diet Could Lower Colon Cancer Risk

    A vegetarian diet might cut your risk of colorectal cancer by 20 percent, a new study finds.

  • Colon Cancer’s Location May Be Factor in Survival

    TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The area of the colon where a cancer develops may play a role in a patient’s survival, a new study suggests. Researchers report that people with colon cancer that started in the left colon may be more likely to survive than those whose disease originated in the right colon, [...]

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