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Too Few Younger, High-Risk Americans Get a Colonoscopy: Study

May 21, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A majority of people with a family history of colon cancer are not getting screened for the disease early enough, a new study finds.
Guidelines say colonoscopies should start at age 40 for people with a close relative who had colon cancer. However, only 38 percent […]

Many Americans Not Getting Routine Cancer Screenings: CDC

May 7, 2015

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans aren’t getting recommended screening tests for colon, breast and cervical cancers, a new federal study shows.
Among adults in the age groups recommended for screening, about two in five were not up to date with colon cancer screening, one in four women were not up to date […]

Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Colon Cancer Survival

May 7, 2015

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients seem to have a better chance of survival if they have already been practicing healthy lifestyle habits before their diagnosis, a new study suggests.
Survival rates for colon cancer vary widely, even among patients who have similar tumors and receive the same treatment. It has […]

Switch From U.S. to African Diet May Lower Colon Cancer Risk in Blacks

April 28, 2015

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When a group of black Americans switched their diet from a typical American one to that of South Africans, certain risk factors for colon cancer began to fade away, a small study found.
The change was rapid, the researchers noted, suggesting the power of diet to alter colon cancer […]

Vaccine Spurs Immune Response to Fight Aggressive Cancers in Mice

April 22, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a step toward personalized vaccines against cancer, scientists report they have developed an immune-system therapy that knocks out several types of aggressive tumors in mice.
German researchers said the findings, reported April 22 in the journal Nature, could lead to a “blueprint” for developing tailored […]

Aspirin May Help Ward Off Gastro Cancers, Study Finds

April 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, April 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking aspirin regularly over several years may help prevent gastrointestinal cancers, a new study suggests.
There was a 20 percent lower risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, especially in the colon and rectum, among people taking aspirin, said lead researcher Yin Cao, a postdoctoral research […]

Excess Weight Early in Life Linked to Colon Cancer Risk in Women

April 2, 2015

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who were overweight as children and teens may have a greater risk of colon cancer, no matter what their current weight, a new study cautions.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 75,000 American women and more than 34,000 American men. Over an average of 22 years, 2,100 of […]

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.


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