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    News and Features Related to Colorectal Cancer

    1. Virtual Colonoscopy, Real Accuracy

      Sept. 17, 2008 -- Virtual colonoscopy -- colon cancer screening using CT scans -- finds 90% of large, precancerous polyps. The finding comes from 15 academic and community medical centers that performed both virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography) and traditional colonoscopy on 2,600 patients aged 50

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    2. Clean Colonoscopy Grants 5-Year Relief

      Sept. 17, 2008 -- People who get an "all clear" after colonoscopy screening don't get colon cancer for at least five years, a new study confirms. Current U.S. guidelines say that if your colonoscopy finds no polyps or suspicious lesions, you won't need another colonoscopy for 10 years. Many U.S. gas

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    3. Can Fruits, Veggies Cut Colon Cancer Risk?

      Sept. 11, 2008 -- Does eating fruits, vegetables, and grains really protect against colorectal cancer? Researchers have been studying this question for years, but their findings have been mixed. Now a new study from the University of Hawaii weighs in on the issue, but it may do little to clear up th

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    4. Colon Cancer's Spread Often Unchecked

      Sept. 9, 2008 -- More than 60% of U.S. hospitals flunk minimum guidelines for checking to see if colon cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, a national "report card" shows. If you have surgery to remove colon cancer, successful treatment depends on doctors knowing whether the cancer has spread beyon

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    5. Colorectal Cancer Gene Mutation Found

      Aug. 14, 2008 -- Scientists at Ohio State University and Northwestern University have discovered a gene mutation that may make colorectal cancer almost nine times more likely. "This probably accounts for more colorectal cancers than all other gene mutations discovered thus far," states Northwestern

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    6. Tony Snow Dies of Colon Cancer

      July 12, 2008 -- Tony Snow, former White House press secretary and political commentator, died Saturday of colon cancer. Snow, who was 53 years old, had been undergoing chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of his colon cancer, according to CNN, where Snow most recently worked. Snow died at 2 a.m. Satu

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    7. Vitamin D May Up Colon Cancer Survival

      June 18, 2008 -- Abundant levels of vitamin D may help patients with colon cancer live longer. Researchers with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health have found that patients with colon cancer who were among the top 25% in levels of vitamin D before being diagnosed

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    8. Colon Cancer Survival Has Family Link

      June 3, 2008 -- Advanced colon cancer patients with a family history of the disease are more likely to be cured with treatment than patients with no family link, new research suggests. Compared to patients with no family history, those with relatives who've had colorectal cancer were less likely to

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    9. Gene Testing Predicts Response to Erbitux

      June 2, 2008 (Chicago) -- For the first time, doctors have used a molecular test to pinpoint which people with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer are most likely to benefit from the targeted therapy Erbitux. The findings bring cancer doctors one step closer to their goal of personalized medicine, in

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    10. Colonoscopy Prep Worse Than Procedure

      May 16, 2008 -- Preparing for colonoscopy is more uncomfortable than the procedure itself, a new poll shows. In colonoscopy, a doctor guides a thin, flexible tube capped with a tiny camera through the colon to look for tumors or other abnormalities. Colonoscopy or other colon cancer screening tests

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