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Aspirin’s Ability to Prevent Colon Cancer May Depend on Your Genes

April 23, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Aspirin seems to halve the risk of colon cancer in people with high levels of a genetic enzyme found in the colon, a new study says.

Many questions remain, however, regarding who should take aspirin to potentially ward off colon cancer. The research isn’t definitive, there’s [...]

Age a Big Factor in Colon Surgery Complications, Study Finds

April 10, 2014

THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients older than 65 are more likely to die and have more complications after colon cancer surgery than younger patients, a new study finds.
Researchers led by Dr. Mehraneh Jafari of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine examined data on more than 1 million patients, aged 45 [...]

Obesity May Shorten Colon Cancer Survival

April 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients who were obese before their diagnosis may have an increased risk of dying from their cancer and other causes, a new study finds.
“Our data provide further evidence that maintaining a healthy body weight throughout life is very important,” said study author Peter Campbell, director of [...]

Doctors’ Skill at Colonoscopy May Affect Patients’ Colon Cancer Risk: Study

April 2, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Your risk of developing colon cancer may depend partly on having a doctor who often spots precancerous growths during patients’ colonoscopy screenings, a new study suggests.
Colonoscopy is one of the ways doctors screen for colon cancer. It’s effective because it can detect not only tumors, [...]

Certain Colon Cancer Patients Might Benefit From Aspirin, Study Says

March 31, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Recent research has raised the possibility that low-dose aspirin could add extra years to the lives of colon cancer patients. Now, a new study suggests that only certain patients may gain a survival benefit by taking aspirin after diagnosis.
The study of about 1,000 patients [...]

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of At-Home Colon Cancer Test

March 28, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a new at-home stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.
The 10-member committee said the benefits of Exact Science Corp.’s Cologuard test outweigh its [...]

Slight Drop in Rate of Advanced Cancers, CDC Says

March 27, 2014

THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Rates of invasive cancers in the United States fell slightly from 2009 to 2010, and widespread adoption of colon cancer screening and other measures could push those rates even lower, a federal government study says.
Invasive cancers are tougher-to-treat, advanced tumors that spread from their original location to surrounding [...]

Ways to Cut Your Colon Cancer Risk

March 22, 2014

SATURDAY, March 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, but there are ways of reducing your risk.
“Colorectal cancer is largely preventable with early screening and detection,” Dr. Anne Lin, assistant professor of general surgery for the University of California, Los Angeles, Health System and David Geffen School [...]

Colonoscopy, the Gold Standard Screening, Misses 6% of Colon Cancers

March 21, 2014

Researchers found that about 6 percent of patients who got a clean bill of health after their colonoscopy were diagnosed with colorectal cancer within three to five years.

New Stool Test Shows Promise as Colon Cancer Screen

March 19, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new at-home stool test screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy, researchers report.
“That kind of result is really unprecedented for a noninvasive stool-based screening,” said study co-author Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, director of the gastroenterology fellowship program at the Icahn School of [...]


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