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 FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened. But a new study suggests that, at least with colon cancer, knowledge does not change behavior: People who found out [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 14 million major medical conditions that plague the lives of U.S. adults, according to a new government report. “For each annual death, there are 15 to 20 people living with major disease caused by smoking,” said senior study author Terry Pechacek, [...]
FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A few healthy habits could reduce your risk for colon cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 347,000 people in Europe who were followed for 12 years. During that time, nearly 3,760 cases of colon cancer were diagnosed among the participants. The study authors examined [...]
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that the type of laxative a person takes might be a factor in their odds for colon cancer. The research indicates that fiber-based laxatives are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, while non-fiber laxatives are linked with a higher risk. The [...]
By Alan MozesHealth Day Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests. The finding didn’t speak to the risk of colon cancer recurrence, only the potential for developing other cancers associated [...]