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Colon Cancer’s Location May Be Factor in Survival

February 24, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The area of the colon where a cancer develops may play a role in a patient’s survival, a new study suggests.
Researchers report that people with colon cancer that started in the left colon may be more likely to survive than those whose disease originated in the right colon, […]

More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago

February 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports.
Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, […]

Cancer Patients Prefer Care That Includes Their Input

February 12, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cancer patients who let their doctors make all the decisions are less likely to rate their care as excellent compared to patients who participate in their medical decisions, a new study suggests.
“We found that patients with lung or colorectal cancer who felt more involved […]

Smoking Tied to Higher Death Risk After Colon Cancer

February 6, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may increase the risk of earlier death for people who’ve survived colon cancer, a new study warns.
American Cancer Society researchers looked at more than 2,500 colon cancer survivors in the United States. Slightly fewer than 1,100 died during an average of 7.5 years of follow-up, including about […]

Colon Cancer Rates Rising Among Americans Under 50

January 30, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although the overall rate of colon cancer has fallen in recent decades, new research suggests that over the last 20 years the disease has been increasing among young and early middle-aged American adults.
At issue are colon cancer rates among men and women between the ages […]

Fewer Patients With Advanced Colon Cancer Getting Surgery, Report Finds

January 14, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer U.S. colon cancer patients who are diagnosed in the final stages of their disease are having what can often be unnecessary surgery to have the primary tumor removed, researchers report.
These patients are also living longer even as the surgery becomes less common, although their […]

Gene Mutations Linked to Colon Cancer in Black Patients

January 13, 2015

TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers who discovered new gene mutations linked to colon cancer in black Americans say their findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment.
In the United States, blacks are significantly more likely to develop colon cancer and to die from the disease than other racial groups.
For the study, the […]

Vitamin D May Boost Colon Cancer Survival, Study Finds

January 12, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher vitamin D levels in patients with advanced colon cancer appear to improve response to chemotherapy and targeted anti-cancer drugs, researchers say.
“We found that patients who had vitamin D levels at the highest category had improved survival and improved progression-free survival, compared with patients in […]

Study Finds Link Between Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke Risk

January 7, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Newly diagnosed cancer patients are at increased risk for stroke in the months after they find out they have the disease. And the risk of stroke is higher among those with more aggressive cancer, a new study says.
The findings come from an analysis of Medicare claims submitted […]

Falling Cancer Death Rate Means 1.5 Million Lives Saved Over 20 Years

December 31, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Progress in the war against cancer has triggered a 22 percent drop in U.S. deaths over the past two decades, translating to about 1.5 million lives saved, a new American Cancer Society report finds.
Even so, the annual report also predict that within a few […]



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