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  1. Fruit May Sway Colon Cancer Risk

    March 20, 2007 -- Eating lots of fruit and little meat may help prevent precancerous colon polyps, a new study shows. The take-home message: "Eat more fruit, eat less meat, and don't stop eating your vegetables," Gregory Austin, MD, MPH, tells WebMD. Austin is a gastroenterology fellow at the Univer

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  2. Avastin Slows Colon Cancer Growth

    Jan. 22, 2007 (Orlando) -- An anticancer drug that starves tumors of a blood supply can help delay progression in patients with advanced colon cancer . In a study of more than 1,400 patients, those who took the drug Avastin in addition to standard chemotherapy remained alive without worsening of the

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  3. Avastin Slows Colon Cancer Growth

    Jan. 23, 2007 (Orlando) -- An anticancer drug that starves tumors of a blood supply can help delay progression in patients with advanced colon cancer. In a study of more than 1,400 patients, those who took the drug Avastin in addition to standard chemotherapy remained alive without worsening of thei

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  4. Calcium May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk

    Jan. 16, 2007 -- Calcium seems to protect high-risk people from developing the polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer -- and the benefits appear to last long after calcium supplementation ends. Patients with a history of nonmalignant polyps took either 1,200 milligrams of calcium in supplement fo

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  5. Colon Cancer Survival Rate: Racial Gap

    Dec. 21, 2006 -- Among people with health insurance, blacks have the lowest colon cancer survival rate, a new study shows. The racial gap may be due to a mix of factors including racial differences in colon cancer screening and treatment, note the researchers. They included Chyke Doubeni, MD, MPH, o

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  6. More Colonoscopy, More Early Detection

    Dec. 19, 2006 -- Colonoscopy is catching on, improving patients' odds of detection earlier, when colon cancer is usually more treatable. That news comes from researchers at Yale University's medical school, including Cary Gross, MD. They found a rise in colonoscopy screening and earlier colon cancer

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  7. Colonoscopy Complications Uncommon

    Dec. 18, 2006 -- Complications that put patients in the hospital occur after 1 in 200 colonoscopies with biopsy or polyp removal, a CDC-funded study shows. When there's no biopsy or polyp removal, these serious complications occurred in only 1 in 1,000 colonoscopies. With biopsy or polyp removal, 7

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  8. Longer Colonoscopy Time Ups Detection

    Dec. 13, 2006 -- Getting a colonoscopy? You may want to find a doctor who takes his time with the procedure, a new study shows. Doctors who took longer to evaluate a patient's colon were almost four times as likely to spot one particular type of growth, according to the study. In a colonoscopy, the

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  9. Early Cancer Vaccine Promising

    Nov. 16, 2006 -- An experimental colorectal cancer vaccine designed to enlist the immune system in killing tumor cells is showing promise in an early clinical trial. British researchers developed the vaccine from antibodies cloned from a patient with advanced colorectal cancer who survived many year

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  10. Obesity May Dim Colon Cancer Survival

    Nov. 15, 2006 -- Colon cancer survival may be less likely for patients who are very obese or too thin at diagnosis. The University of Chicago's James Dignam, PhD, and colleagues report that news in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. They aren't blaming colon cancer on weight or promising

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