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    1. Short Course of Radiation Fights Rectal Cancer

      Nov. 2, 2010 (San Diego) -- A short, five-day course of radiation therapy followed by surgery more than halves the risk that cancer will come back in some people with rectal cancer, a Dutch study suggests. The researchers studied more than 1,800 people with locally advanced rectal cancer -- meaning

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    2. New Colon Cancer Screening Test in the Works

      Oct. 28, 2010 -- A new, consumer-friendly test for colon cancer, once approved, could persuade more Americans to undergo screening for the deadly cancer, according to researchers presenting their findings on the test's effectiveness at a cancer conference in Philadelphia. At the same meeting, other

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    3. Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Colorectal Cancer Risk

      Oct. 26, 2010 -- Following a healthy lifestyle, which means exercising, eating healthfully, keeping the waistline trim, limiting alcohol intake, and avoiding smoking, could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 23%, according to a study from Denmark. Researchers led by Helene Kirkegaard at the Ins

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    4. Aspirin May Cut Colon Cancer Deaths

      Oct. 22, 2010 - Long-term use of low-dose aspirin reduces colon cancer risk, U.K. researchers find. Low-dose aspirin takers have a 24% lower risk of colon cancer and a 35% lower risk of dying from colon cancer, find University of Oxford researcher Peter Rothwell and colleagues. "The new findings on

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    5. Statin Drugs May Cut Risk of Colorectal Cancer

      Oct. 18, 2010 -- An analysis of 22 studies involving about 2.5 million people shows a significant association between using cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins and a reduced risk for colorectal cancer. The analysis shows there was a 12% reduction of colorectal cancer risk among statin users. A

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    6. Blood Test May Spot Early Colon Cancer

      Sept. 29, 2010 -- A simple blood test may help identify colon cancer early, when it is in its most treatable stages. Although the research is still in its infancy, "we are trying to develop a test that can be integrated into an annual checkup that is just another box for a doctor to check on the men

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    7. Rectal Cancer on the Rise in Young People

      Aug. 23, 2010 -- The incidence of rectal cancer increased 3.8% per year between 1984 and 2005 among people 40 and younger, according to a new study. The incidence of colon cancer remained unchanged. Researchers led by Joshua Meyer, MD, a radiation oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphi

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    8. Healthy Diet May Cut Colorectal Cancer Risk

      June 16, 2010 -- Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, and fish may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new study. Although previous studies have produced conflicting findings about the effectiveness of such a diet, the new research found a benefit. ''We

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    9. Polyp-Finding Skill Is Key to Colonoscopy Success

      May 12, 2010 -- Some doctors who perform colonoscopy exams are better than others at spotting precancerous polyps, and now new research confirms this skill is associated with better outcomes. The study found that colorectal cancers were less likely to be diagnosed during the time between scheduled c

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    10. Coffee, Soda Not Linked to Colon Cancer Risk

      May 6, 2010 -- Java junkies, rejoice: New research shows that drinking more than six 8-ounce cups of coffee per day does not increase your risk of developing colon cancer. What’s more, drinking more than 18 ounces of sugary soda each day also does not appear to increase the risk of colon cancer, acc

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