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  1. Milk, Calcium May Cut Colon Cancer Risk

    July 6, 2004 -- Milk -- or calcium supplements -- may cut a person's risk of colon cancer. You've heard this before, but study results haven't always lined up. Now Eunyoung Cho, ScD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues have combined data from 10 studies. It's a lot of data. It

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  2. Calcium More Protective Against Some Polyps

    June 15, 2004 -- Calcium supplements could cut colon polyp risk -- especially advanced polyps that lead to colon cancer, new research suggests. The report appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "Our results suggest that calcium supplementation may have a more pr

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  3. Statin Drugs May Cut Colon Cancer Risk

    June 7, 2004 (New Orleans) -- Colon and rectal cancers are the No. 2 cancer killers in the United States; now new research suggests a type of drugs that lowers cholesterol may cut the risk of developing these cancers. Statins, marketed under names such as Crestor, Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol

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  4. Longer Survival With Colorectal Cancer Drugs

    June 2, 2004 -- Findings from the largest studies to date of two new colorectal cancer treatments are encouraging, but more research is needed to understand how these therapies can best be used, experts tell WebMD. The studies involved the cancer fighting medicine Eloxatin, approved in 2002, and Ava

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  5. Women Want Women MDs to Do Colon Screenings

    May 19, 2004 (New Orleans) -- For years, doctors have blamed poor rates of colonoscopy screening on the discomfort associated with the procedure. Now, University of Michigan researchers report they have uncovered a previously overlooked culprit -- at least for women: a shortage of female specialists

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  6. Easier, Safer Colon Cancer Test?

    May 18, 2004 (New Orleans) -- Perhaps no medical test is more dreaded than the colonoscopy, but cutting-edge technologies promise not only less discomfort, but also more accurate results and, possibly, less frequent screenings. "Colonoscopies are one of the most feared screening tests," Bernard Levi

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  7. Looking Good: Colon Cancer Keyhole Surgery

    May 12, 2004 -- Laparoscopic "keyhole" surgery is a viable option for colon cancer surgery, a new study shows. In terms of complication and survival rates, the minimally invasive surgery measures up to the conventional surgery, reports researcher Heidi Nelson, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon with the

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  8. Virtual Colonoscopy Not Ready for Use Yet

    April 13, 2004 -- Virtual colonoscopy may sound like a good idea, but a new study shows the experimental colon cancer screening technique is not yet ready for widespread use. Although previous studies have shown that virtual colonoscopy was reasonably accurate at detecting large polyps when performe

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  9. Laparoscopic Surgery Works for Colon Cancer

    April 8, 2004 -- Minimally invasive surgery for colon cancer may be just as effective as more invasive surgery techniques but with a much shorter recovery time, a new study suggests. Researchers say laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer has been available since 1991, but until now little information

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  10. Advances in Colorectal Cancer

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and the second most common cancer killer. But in the last few years, researchers have made new discoveries that may dramatically improve the prognosis for people living with the disease. "This is a very exciting moment in the treatment of

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