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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

  • Age a Big Factor in Colon Surgery Complications, Study Finds

    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 [...]

  • Obesity May Shorten Colon Cancer Survival

    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 [...]

  • Doctors’ Skill at Colonoscopy May Affect Patients’ Colon Cancer Risk: Study

    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, [...]

  • Certain Colon Cancer Patients Might Benefit From Aspirin, Study Says

    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 [...]

  • FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of At-Home Colon Cancer Test

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a new at-home stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy. The 10-member committee said the benefits of Exact Science Corp.’s Cologuard test outweigh its [...]

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