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  1. At-Home Stool Test for Colon Cancer

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newer type of test that looks for hidden blood in the stool is an effective way to screen for colon cancer, a research review suggests. The tests, called fecal immunochemical tests (FITs), are done at home and detect tiny am

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  2. 1 in 3 Not Meeting Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Detecting colon cancer early saves lives, yet only about two-thirds of Americans aged 50 to 75 have undergone screening, health officials said Tuesday. Although the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men and w

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  3. Laparoscopic Surgery for Colon Cancer May Benefit Seniors

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who have minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer are much less likely to end up in a nursing home after being discharged from the hospital than those who have open surgery, a new study finds. One expert

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  4. Colon Cancer Hits Younger Adults Especially Hard

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Younger adults with colorectal cancer that has spread (metastasized) to other areas of the body have a higher risk of disease progression and death than middle-aged patients, a new study finds. Colorectal cancer in elderly patie

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  5. Colon Cancer Screenings Work, Twin Studies Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- People are less likely to die from colon cancer if they use any of the currently recommended screening procedures, a pair of new long-term studies reveal. Colonoscopy remains the most effective screening tool, reducing the

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  6. Colon Cancer Linked to Mouth Infection?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- An infection from a common type of mouth bacteria can contribute to colorectal cancer, a new study suggests. The bacteria, called Fusobacterium nucleatum, can attach to colon cells and trigger a sequence of changes that can l

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  7. Aspirin May Lower Women's Colon Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a low-dose aspirin every other day may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study that focused on nearly 40,000 women aged 45 and older. The protection does seem to take some time to surface, said resear

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  8. Blood Test for Colon Cancer Shows Promise

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Could screening for colon cancer someday be as easy as having a blood test? Researchers say just such a test is showing early promise in trials. The screening checks for levels of miR-21 -- a piece of DNA known as microRNA. R

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  9. Women Smokers More Likely to Get Colon Cancer Than Men: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking's connection to cancer is well-established. Now, researchers say cigarettes increase the odds for developing colon cancer, especially for women. Women who've ever smoked have an almost 20 percent increased risk for c

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  10. Calcium May Cut Risk for Precancerous Colon Lesions in Some People

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming higher amounts of calcium may lower the likelihood of precancerous colon and rectal lesions in people who are at increased risk due to variations in two genes, a new study suggests. High calcium intake did not affe

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