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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 […]

Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Dense bunches of bacteria called biofilms can be found on most colon polyps and cancers, a new study finds.
The researchers said these biofilms were especially prevalent on the right side of the colon.
The presence of these biofilms may represent an increased likelihood of colon cancer and could […]

Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The cost of cancer treatment can cause financial stress that threatens patients’ well-being, a new study finds.
Researchers examined data from 1,000 people in the United States who had been diagnosed with colorectal or lung cancer. Of those patients, almost 900 had finished their treatments and were cancer-free, and […]

Too Much TV Time May Lower Survival Odds After Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

December 8, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Watching too much television may lower your chances of survival after colon cancer, new research suggests.
“The take-away message from our study is that both minimizing TV viewing, to less than two hours per day, and increasing exercise, to four-plus hours per week, were associated with […]

Study Casts Doubt on Low-Dose Aspirin for Women Under 65

December 4, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although low-dose aspirin may curb the risks of heart disease and colon cancer, the downsides appear to outweigh the benefits for many women, a new large study suggests.
For women younger than 65, researchers found taking low-dose aspirin for years lowered the risks of heart attack, […]

Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

November 26, 2014

Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows.


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