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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

  • Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood, a new study of Swedish males suggests. The 35-year study found that 16- to 20-year-olds who were obese had more than twice the risk of developing colon or [...]

  • Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests. Investigators found that patients with a so-called quality-of-life “deficit” appeared to have a nearly three times greater risk for complications compared to [...]

  • Can Prediabetes Raise Risk of Certain Cancers?

    MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Having prediabetes may increase a person’s risk for cancer, researchers report. The researchers analyzed 16 studies that included nearly 900,000 people from around the world and found that people with prediabetes had a 15 percent overall increased risk of cancer. People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are [...]

  • Polyp Removal Doesn’t Always Signal Raised Colon Cancer Risk, Study Says

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors may be performing too many repeat colonoscopies on people who’ve had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening, a new Norwegian study suggests. Many of these patients have no greater risk of dying from colon cancer than the general public, the researchers determined. [...]

  • Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people who aren’t expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer — even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds. Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and [...]

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