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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

  • Longer Colonoscopy Time May Cut Cancer Risk

    THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Don’t hope for a quick colonoscopy. The longer your screening takes, the less likely you are to get colon cancer, a new study suggests. The findings provide strong evidence to support current guidelines about how long colonoscopies should last, the researchers said. In a colonoscopy, a doctor inserts a thin tube [...]

  • Low-Dose Aspirin, Other Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Regularly taking low-dose aspirin or other common pain relievers may lower long-term risk of colon cancer, new research suggests. Men and women who took low-dose (75 to 150 milligrams) aspirin for five years or more saw their risk of colon cancer drop by 27 percent. And [...]

  • Just One Drink a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk for Women

    Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report.

  • Can Coffee Lower Risk of Colon Cancer’s Return?

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients who regularly drink caffeinated coffee may be lowering their risk of tumor recurrence and death from the disease, new research suggests. But researchers added that it’s premature to tell patients to drink coffee to reduce their risk of the cancer’s return. The study found [...]

  • ‘Scoring System’ May Spot Those in Greatest Need of Colonoscopy

    TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Colonoscopy can save lives, but experts agree that testing rates remain too low. Now, researchers say a special scoring system might point to those people at highest risk for colon cancer, who may need the test the most. The system might also make colon cancer screening more [...]

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