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  1. Colon Cancer Ancestors Found

    Jan. 4, 2008 -- Colon cancer's family tree may date back to Pilgrim days, and that lineage may help save lives in the U.S. today. University of Utah researchers have tracked a gene mutation linked to colon cancer risk back to an English couple that sailed to colonial America before 1640. The couple

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  2. Removing Colon Polyps Cuts Death Risk

    Oct. 15, 2007 (Philadelphia) -- An initial colonoscopy during which the colon is cleared of precancerous polyps significantly reduces deaths from colon cancer -- even if there are no follow-up exams, researchers report. In a 20-year study of more than 2,500 people, the risk of dying from colon cance

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  3. Obesity Ups Women’s Colon Cancer Risk

    Oct. 15, 2007 (Philadelphia) -- Obesity more than doubles a woman’s risk of developing colon cancer or growths that can lead to colon cancer, researchers say. That puts obesity as women’s No. 1 risk factor for the disease, a study of more than 1,200 women suggests. Women who are heavy smokers or ove

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  4. Virtual Colonoscopy Nears Prime Time

    Oct. 3, 2007 - Flying through your colon in virtual reality, Perry Pickhardt, MD, says he can find early colon cancer at least as well as a gastroenterologist using a very real colonoscope. A new study backs up this boast by comparing colon cancer screening with virtual colonoscopy to screening with

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  5. Fruits, Veggies Don’t Cut Colon Cancer

    Sept.25, 2007 -- Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables doesn't appear to strongly reduce colon cancer risk, but it may help protect slightly against getting one type of colon cancer, according to a new analysis. Researchers pooled the results of 14 studies that included more than 750,00

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  6. Heart Disease, Colon Cancer Link?

    Sept. 25, 2007 -- What's bad for your heart may also make you more likely to develop colorectal cancer, a Hong Kong study shows. The coronary arteries supply blood to heart muscle. Coronary artery disease can lead to a heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. adults. Heart

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  7. Bigger Waist, Bigger Colon Cancer Risk

    Sept. 7, 2007 - The bigger your waistline, the bigger your risk of colon cancer. This finding, from an analysis of 30 long-term studies of colon cancer, reinforces the link between obesity and colon cancer in men and, to a lesser extent, in women. Obesity, the study shows, boosts the risk of rectal

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  8. ‘Western’ Diet Tied to Colon Cancer

    Aug. 14, 2007 -- The typical Western diet may be more than just hazardous to the health of patients treated for colon cancer. New research suggests it may be deadly. Former patients in the study who ate the most red and processed meats, refined grains, fats, and sugars were about three times as like

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  9. Choline May Promote Colon Polyps

    Aug. 7, 2007 -- Preliminary new research shows that women who consume lots of choline may be more likely to develop colon polyps than other women. Colon polyps are abnormal growths in the colon which may (or may not) develop into colon cancer. Choline is a nutrient found in foods including red meat,

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  10. Tammy Faye Messner Dies of Cancer

    Tammy Faye Messner has lost her 11-year battle with colon cancer after the cancer spread to her lungs. Messner was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1996. She died peacefully at her home near Kansas City, Mo., on July 21, according to her manager, Joe Spotts. The American Cancer Society estimates that

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