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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

  • Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?

    FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Dense bunches of bacteria called biofilms can be found on most colon polyps and cancers, a new study finds. The researchers said these biofilms were especially prevalent on the right side of the colon. The presence of these biofilms may represent an increased likelihood of colon cancer and could [...]

  • Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds

    FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The cost of cancer treatment can cause financial stress that threatens patients’ well-being, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from 1,000 people in the United States who had been diagnosed with colorectal or lung cancer. Of those patients, almost 900 had finished their treatments and were cancer-free, and [...]

  • Too Much TV Time May Lower Survival Odds After Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Watching too much television may lower your chances of survival after colon cancer, new research suggests. “The take-away message from our study is that both minimizing TV viewing, to less than two hours per day, and increasing exercise, to four-plus hours per week, were associated with [...]

  • Study Casts Doubt on Low-Dose Aspirin for Women Under 65

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although low-dose aspirin may curb the risks of heart disease and colon cancer, the downsides appear to outweigh the benefits for many women, a new large study suggests. For women younger than 65, researchers found taking low-dose aspirin for years lowered the risks of heart attack, [...]

  • Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

    Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows.

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