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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

  • Time to Follow-Up After a Positive Colon Cancer Test Varies by Hospital

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — If your stool-based colon cancer test should come back positive, just how long it takes for you to get follow-up care may depend on your hospital, a new study finds. The study of more than 62,000 patients cared for in four different U.S. health care systems found that the [...]

  • Study Finds Stool Test Effective for Detecting Colon Cancer

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Tests for blood in the stool can consistently detect colon cancer when used on an annual basis, and they are effective even in the second, third and fourth years of screening, a new study says. The researchers said these findings suggest that the stool test could [...]

  • Colon Cancer Rates Are Rising in Men and Women Under 50

    Colon cancer rates are rising among men and women under 50, the age at which guidelines recommend screenings start, a new analysis shows.

  • Identifying Colon Cancer Patients Who May Need More Than Surgery

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An easily detected genetic marker could help identify aggressive colon cancer in early stages, telling doctors that these patients need chemotherapy, a new study suggests. Colon tumors that don’t produce a protein called CDX2 are more likely to return following surgical removal in patients with stage [...]

  • Families Say Hospice Better Than Hospital for Dying Cancer Patients

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Families of patients dying of cancer felt their loved one had better care and quality of life when they died in a hospice rather than in a hospital’s intensive care unit, a new study reveals. Relatives reported a better end-of-life experience more often when their loved [...]

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