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  1. FDA OKs High-Tech Colon Cancer Treatment

    Feb. 12, 2004 -- The FDA approved Erbitux, the very drug at the heart of the Martha Stewart stock-sale controversy. This first-of-its-kind treatment is for colon cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Erbitux is a unique type of treatment called a monoclonal antibody and is the first suc

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  2. High-Glycemic Foods Linked to Colon Cancer

    Feb. 3, 2004 -- A diet rich in foods that trigger a quick and drastic jump in blood sugar levels can do more than just boost risk of type 2 diabetes and contribute to obesity. A new study indicates they may also lead to colon cancer. Researchers at Harvard and UCLA find that the future risk of color

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  3. Inflammation Linked to Colon Cancer

    Feb. 3, 2004 -- Elevated blood levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) have been linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Now early research suggests the protein may also play a role in the development of colon cancer. In a study involving almost 23,000 people foll

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  4. Spirits Raise Colon Cancer Risk

    Oct. 15, 2003 (BALTIMORE) -- If you know what's good for you, you may want to eschew a trendy appletini in favor of a classic glass of wine. Doctors reported here Tuesday that people who drink at least nine or more drinks a week made with distilled spirits for more than 10 years are three times more

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  5. Do You Really Know Your Health Risk?

    Sept. 25, 2003 -- Your life depends on knowing your health risks. Yet a new study shows few people -- and surprisingly few doctors -- really understand risk. It's not that the math is too hard. The problem is that the way doctors talk about risk clouds people's minds, says Gerd Gigerenzer, PhD, dire

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  6. After Katie, Colon Cancer Screening Up

    July 14, 2003 -- TV personality Katie Couric is a prime example of the power of celebrity to get a medical message out. A new study shows that after Couric underwent a colonoscopy on the Today show in March 2000, test rates jumped more than 20% nationwide. Researchers consider Couric's impact on col

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  7. Carbs, Sugar Don't Up Colon Cancer Risk

    Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD June 17, 2003 -- Starchy, sugary foods -- cakes, cookies, white bread, pasta, potatoes -- aren't exactly a great diet. But they don't increase your colon cancer risk. Studies have suggested that a diet full of carbohydrates and sugary foods may increase colon cancer

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  8. Night Shifts May Raise Cancer Risk

    June 3, 2003 (Chicago) -- Working night shifts at least three times a month might increase a woman's risk of developing colorectal cancer, according to researchers at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Data from an ongoing study of almost 80,000 nurses already suggest that working nights increa

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  9. Fiber May Prevent Colon Cancer After All

    May 1, 2003 -- There's no question that a high-fiber diet is good for you. The question is, how good is it at preventing colon cancer? While there's convincing evidence that dietary fiber helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, diverticulosis, and other diseases, studies have produced mixed results i

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  10. Colon Cancer Screening Rates Too Low

    March 13, 2003 -- Even though colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., new statistics show that only about half of American adults over 50 are getting the recommended screening. Although the thought of receiving a colonoscopy or barium enema may make some people sq

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