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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.

Want to Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates? Run a Lottery

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A lottery could be an effective means of getting people engaged in potentially lifesaving colon cancer screening, a new study suggests.
The study focused on a noninvasive, at-home stool test called the fecal occult blood test. The test — which can detect small amounts of blood in stool that […]

Colon Cancer on the Rise in Younger Adults

November 6, 2014

There’s good news and bad news in the war against colon cancer: While rates have fallen among older Americans, cases among adults aged 20 to 49 are rising and expected to continue to do so, a new study finds.

‘Prehabilitation’ Before Colon Cancer Surgery May Aid Recovery

October 27, 2014

MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercising, eating a healthy diet and learning relaxation techniques before colorectal cancer surgery appeared to speed a patient’s recovery, a small study found.
The study included 38 patients who took part in a “prehabilitation” program and 39 who only did normal rehabilitation after their surgery.
The prehabilitation program lasted an […]

Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior

October 24, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened.
But a new study suggests that, at least with colon cancer, knowledge does not change behavior: People who found out […]

Smoking-Related Illnesses in U.S. Total 14 Million, Report Finds

October 13, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 14 million major medical conditions that plague the lives of U.S. adults, according to a new government report.
“For each annual death, there are 15 to 20 people living with major disease caused by smoking,” said senior study author Terry Pechacek, […]


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