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Polyp Removal Doesn’t Always Signal Raised Colon Cancer Risk, Study Says

August 27, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors may be performing too many repeat colonoscopies on people who’ve had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening, a new Norwegian study suggests.
Many of these patients have no greater risk of dying from colon cancer than the general public, the researchers determined. [...]

Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

August 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people who aren’t expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer — even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds.
Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and [...]

Sigmoidoscopy Does Cut Risk of Dying From Colon Cancer: Study

August 12, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer screening done by sigmoidoscopy — a less invasive, cheaper alternative to colonoscopy — does cut people’s risk of developing or dying from the disease, a new clinical trial finds.
Experts said the study, conducted in Norway and reported in the Aug. 13 issue of [...]

Highly Accurate, At-Home Colon Cancer Test Gets FDA Approval

August 12, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new at-home, DNA-based stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.

Black Veterans Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screening, Study Finds

August 11, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer screening rates for black patients in a Veterans Affairs health care system in California are much lower compared to other races, even though all patients have similar access to care, according to a new study.
The study also found that having a primary care health provider greatly [...]

New Cancer Classification System Might Boost Patient Outcomes

August 7, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Changes to the way cancers are classified could lead to more accurate diagnoses and perhaps more effective treatments in about one in 10 cancer patients, new research suggests.
Typically, cancers are categorized according to the tissue in which they originated, such as breast, bladder or kidney cancer. But tissues [...]

Gut Bacteria May Reveal Colon Cancer, Study Finds

August 7, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Analyzing the composition of people’s collection of gut bacteria — also called the gut microbiome — can help improve identification of those who are at risk for, or already have, colon cancer, according to a new study.
Researchers collected stool samples from 30 healthy people, 30 people with [...]

Daily Aspirin Can Lower Your Risk for 3 Types of Cancer

August 6, 2014

Taking aspirin every day appears to reduce the odds of developing and dying from colon, stomach or esophageal cancer, a new study suggests.

Statins May Aid Survival From Colon Cancer

August 4, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also boost colorectal cancer survival, according to a new U.K. study.
Early research has found that, overall, colon cancer patients who took statins such as Lipitor and Zocor had a 29 percent lower risk of dying from the cancer [...]

HIV Patients Less Likely to Get Cancer Treatment: Study

July 1, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While medications are helping HIV-positive people avoid developing full-blown AIDS indefinitely, a new study finds that cancer patients with HIV are up to four times less likely to be treated for their tumors.
The research comes with caveats. It looked at just three states from 1996, [...]


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