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
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity seems to increase the likelihood for developing precancerous growths called colorectal polyps, according to new research that offers fresh insight into colon cancer risk. Specifically, the study links polyp risk to several key characteristics of obesity, including having elevated levels of the fat hormone leptin, [...]
FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Survival rates for white and Asian patients with advanced colon cancer have improved significantly, but the benefits haven’t extended to blacks and Hispanics, according to an American Cancer Society study. The researchers also found that survival rates for white patients aged 65 and older did not increase as much [...]
A newer type of test that looks for hidden blood in the stool is an effective way to screen for colon cancer, a research review suggests.
Although the death toll from cancer hasn’t shrunk by as much in recent decades as that of diseases such as heart disease, significant progress has been made, a new study finds. The problem in tabulating the full extent of recent gains against cancer is that efforts to beat back other diseases have also been successful, the researchers said.
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A pair of common tests might help colorectal cancer patients who have undergone surgery remain cancer-free, British researchers say. Both a standard CT scan and a blood test known as CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen) improved doctors’ chances of detecting and removing a recurrence of colon cancer, according [...]