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  1. New At-Home Colon Cancer Test: FAQ

    Aug. 13, 2014 -- A new at-home colon cancer test that looks for DNA mutations in stool is more accurate than the stool test currently used, but it won’t replace colonoscopies, experts say. The test, called Cologuard, is "another weapon in our arsenal for colon cancer screening," says James Lin, MD.

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  2. Sigmoidoscopy Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer Death: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer screening done by sigmoidoscopy -- a less invasive, cheaper alternative to colonoscopy -- does cut people's risk of developing or dying from the disease, a new clinical trial finds. Experts said the study, condu

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  3. Highly Accurate At-Home Colon Cancer Test Approved

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new at-home, DNA-based stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy. The decision was based on an FDA panel's unanimous decision i

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  4. Gut Bacteria May Reveal Colon Cancer, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Analyzing the composition of people's collection of gut bacteria -- also called the gut microbiome -- can help improve identification of those who are at risk for, or already have, colon cancer, according to a new study.

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  5. Statins May Aid Survival From Colon Cancer

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also boost colorectal cancer survival, according to a new U.K. study. Early research has found that, overall, colon cancer patients who took statins such as Lipitor

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  6. Diets High in Dairy May Boost Colon Cancer Survival

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend the lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer, a new study suggests. But at least one cancer doctor not involved with the study was skeptical of the research and its c

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  7. Why Do Black People Fare Worse With Colon Cancer?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks with colon cancer are about half as likely as whites to get a type of colon cancer that has a better chance of survival, a new study says. This may be one of the reasons why blacks are more likely to die of colon ca

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  8. Half a Million Cancers Prevented by Colon Screenings: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 500,000 cases of colon and rectal cancer may have been prevented with cancer screening tests during the last three decades in the United States, experts estimate. "These numbers represent real patients and

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  9. Fish, Exercise May Help Thwart Colon Cancer's Return: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise and a diet that includes fish may help colon cancer patients improve their odds of avoiding a relapse, a new study suggests. The likelihood that patients will suffer a return of colon cancer more than do

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  10. Some Colon Cancer Patients May Benefit From Aspirin

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay 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 aspi

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