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Study Supports Use of Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer

April 1, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients with localized rectal cancer may achieve similar survival rates by having minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, instead of more invasive open surgery, a European study finds.
According to the American Cancer Society, close to 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer are diagnosed each year in […]

Report Shows Progress in America’s War on Cancer

March 30, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — America is making slow but steady progress against cancer, with a continuing decline in cancer deaths, according to a new report.
The overall cancer death rate fell an average 1.5 percent per year between 2002 and 2011, representing improved survival for men, women and children, the […]

How Being in Shape Can Help Middle-Aged Men Lower Their Cancer Risk Later

March 27, 2015

Fit middle-aged men appear less likely to develop lung and colon cancer in later life than their out-of-shape peers. And if they do develop cancer, they are more likely to beat it, a new study suggests.

Certain Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk for Some

March 17, 2015

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Prior research has suggested that regular use of a certain class of painkillers might lower colon cancer risk, but a new study finds that a person’s genetics may also play a big role.
Regular, long-term use of nonprescription painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — drugs that […]

More Screening Could Cut Annual Colon Cancer Deaths by 21,000: Study

March 12, 2015

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Boosting older adults’ colon cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018 would lead to 21,000 fewer deaths from the cancer each year in the United States by 2030, a new study suggests.
Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Yet in 2013, […]

Why Including THIS Food in a Plant-Based Diet Could Lower Colon Cancer Risk

March 10, 2015

A vegetarian diet might cut your risk of colorectal cancer by 20 percent, a new study finds.

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 […]


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