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News and Features Related to Colorectal Cancer

  1. Colonoscopy Best at Detecting Colon Cancer

    Dec. 16, 2004 -- Recent headlines have touted virtual colonoscopy as a new, easier way to check for colon cancer. But not so fast, say researchers. Colonoscopy does a better job of detecting colon cancer than virtual colonoscopy, a new study shows. The news reaffirms colonoscopy's reputation as the

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  2. 41 Million People Need Colon Cancer Screening

    Dec. 1, 2004 -- More than 41 million Americans need colon cancer screening, a CDC study shows. Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer in the U.S. Yet it's largely preventable. Screening tests can find nearly all colon cancers before they become dangerous. Of course, a person has to show up fo

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  3. Selenium May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

    Nov. 16, 2004 -- Add colon cancer to the list of cancers that may be affected by selenium. High blood levels of the mineral were associated with lower colon cancer risk in a new study. Selenium has drawn attention for its potential cancer-fighting abilities. Several studies show it combats prostate

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  4. Genetic Basis for Colorectal Cancer Found

    Nov. 2, 2004 -- Mutations on a certain gene may raise the risk of colorectal cancer, which could partially explain why the disease runs in some families, according to a new study. Colorectal cancer is the third most common kind of cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in N

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  5. Colon Cancer Hits Early in Blacks, Hispanics

    Nov. 1, 2004 (Orlando) -- New research suggests colorectal cancer strikes blacks and Hispanics earlier than whites. According to the researchers, the findings underscore the need to start colorectal cancer screening earlier for some groups. "We should start screening African-Americans and Hispanics

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  6. Gout Drug Prevents Colon Cancer

    Oct. 18, 2004 -- A drug prescribed for gout may offer colon cancer protection, a new study shows. The drug Zyloprim reduced risk of colon cancer by two-thirds, reports researcher Gad Rennert, MD, PhD, director of the CHS National Cancer Control Center and Technion Public Health Forum in Haifa, Israe

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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