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
FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Having a lower variety of bacteria in the gut is associated with colorectal cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed DNA in fecal samples collected from 47 colorectal cancer patients and 94 people without the disease to determine the level of diversity of their gut bacteria. Study authors led [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) — By counting the number of cancer-fighting immune cells inside tumors, scientists say they may have found a way to predict survival from ovarian cancer. The researchers developed an experimental method to count these cells, called tumor-infiltrating T lymphocytes (TILs), in women with early stage and advanced ovarian [...]
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Black Americans with advanced colorectal cancer are less likely than white patients to see cancer specialists or to receive cancer treatments, according to a new study. This may be a major reason blacks with advanced colorectal cancer — cancer of the colon and rectum — have a 15 percent [...]
FRIDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) — People with diets that promote inflammation — such as those high in sugar and saturated fats — are at increased risk for early death from all causes, including gastrointestinal tract cancers, a new study suggests. Gastrointestinal tract cancers include cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum. “Studies have shown that [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) — Detecting colon cancer early saves lives, yet only about two-thirds of Americans aged 50 to 75 have undergone screening, health officials said Tuesday. Although the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men and women 50 and older get screened, about 23 million Americans — or [...]