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  1. Most Behind on Colorectal Cancer Screening

    Sept. 30, 2004 -- Only close to half of men and women over 50 have ever had one of the two most effective tests to detect colorectal cancer, colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, and less than a quarter have had one within the last five years as recommended to screen for the disease, new researcher shows. C

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  2. Vitamins Don't Prevent Stomach, Colon Cancers

    Sept. 30, 2004 -- Antioxidant supplements may be of no benefit when it comes to preventing stomach and colorectal cancers. In fact, researchers say that based on a small number of well-designed studies a few antioxidants supplements might increase the risk of certain gastrointestinal cancers or even

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  3. Study Shows Colonoscopy Misses 4% of Cancers

    Aug. 30, 2004 -- Colonoscopy is currently considered the best way to screen for and detect colon cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. and Canada. And while the test flags the vast majority of colon cancers, it's not perfect. Four percent of cancers on the ri

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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