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 Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Aspirin seems to halve the risk of colon cancer in people with high levels of a genetic enzyme found in the colon, a new study says. Many questions remain, however, regarding who should take aspirin to potentially ward off colon cancer. The research isn’t definitive, there’s [...]
THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients older than 65 are more likely to die and have more complications after colon cancer surgery than younger patients, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. Mehraneh Jafari of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine examined data on more than 1 million patients, aged 45 [...]
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients who were obese before their diagnosis may have an increased risk of dying from their cancer and other causes, a new study finds. “Our data provide further evidence that maintaining a healthy body weight throughout life is very important,” said study author Peter Campbell, director of [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Your risk of developing colon cancer may depend partly on having a doctor who often spots precancerous growths during patients’ colonoscopy screenings, a new study suggests. Colonoscopy is one of the ways doctors screen for colon cancer. It’s effective because it can detect not only tumors, [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Recent research has raised the possibility that low-dose aspirin could add extra years to the lives of colon cancer patients. Now, a new study suggests that only certain patients may gain a survival benefit by taking aspirin after diagnosis. The study of about 1,000 patients [...]