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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Green Tea, White Tea Fight Colon Cancer

    March 11, 2003 -- Perhaps you've never heard of white tea. But there's evidence pointing to the health benefits of green tea and white tea. They may help prevent colon cancer. Antioxidants and polyphenols -- cancer prevention compounds -- are found in highest levels in white tea, which is the least

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  6. Aspirin May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

    March 5, 2003 -- People who take aspirin to protect their hearts may also be protecting themselves against one of the leading causes of cancer death. Two new studies suggest that an aspirin a day may help prevent the formation of polyps that can lead to colon cancer. Researchers found that a daily a

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  7. Colon Polyp Recurrence High

    Feb. 24, 2003 -- If you've had one colon polyp, you'll likely have another. It's more evidence that people need regular screenings to prevent colon cancer. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, responsible for more than 57,000 deaths in 2001 alone. Colon polyps, which can le

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  8. Red Meat + Fats + Pasta = Colon Cancer

    Feb. 10, 2003 -- The typical Western diet means more colon cancer for women, a powerful new study shows. The huge study of 76,402 women didn't try to keep them on any specific diet plan. Researcher Teresa Fung, ScD, and her Simmons College/Harvard University team just kept track of what they ate. Th

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  9. Which Colon Screening Method is Safest?

    Feb. 4, 2003 -- Although the benefits of colorectal cancer screening far outweigh the risks for most people, new research shows that sigmoidoscopy procedures may be less likely to cause complications than the more extensive colonoscopy procedure. The study, published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Journ

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  10. Colorectal Cancer Screening Revisited

    Feb. 3, 2003 -- New colorectal cancer screening guidelines released today emphasize the need to start screening at age 50, but scale back the frequency of surveillance or follow-up screening for most people who have already had potentially pre-cancerous growths in their colon removed. Researchers sa

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