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 Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) — A new device that gives doctors a better view during colonoscopies may help them miss fewer suspicious growths during those exams, a new study shows. Colonoscopies are the recommended screening tests for colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the [...]
Men who are physically fit in middle age have a lower risk of developing and dying from certain cancers, new research indicates. “Fitness is a huge predictor of [cancer] risk,” said Dr. Susan Lakoski, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Vermont, in Burlington. “You need to be fit to protect yourself against a cancer diagnosis in older age.”
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug that taps the power of the body’s immune system to fight cancer is shrinking tumors in patients for whom other treatments have failed, an early study shows. The drug binds to a protein called PD-L1 that sits on the surface of cancer cells and [...]
Simple changes to your backyard grilling routine could help reduce your colon cancer risk, an expert says. “Research now shows that diets high in red and processed meat increase risk for colon cancer,” Alice Bender, a registered dietitian at the American Institute for Cancer Research
Smoking’s connection to cancer is well-established. Now, researchers say cigarettes increase the odds for developing colon cancer, especially for women. Women who’ve ever smoked have an almost 20 percent increased risk for colon cancer, compared with women who never smoked, according to the new study, published April 30 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.