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  1. Eating Meat May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

    May 23, 2011 -- Red meat and processed meat may increase the risk of developing colon cancer, according to a new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund. The report, which builds on the two groups' 2007 Continuous Update Project, points to sol

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  2. Dogs Can Detect Early Colorectal Cancer

    Jan. 31, 2011 -- Specially trained dogs may be able to sniff out early signs of colorectal cancer in breath or stool samples, according to a new study. Although canine cancer detection units aren’t likely any time soon, researchers say the findings suggest there are particular scents and volatile co

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  3. New Evidence on Benefits of Colonoscopies

    Jan. 3, 2011 -- It is considered one of the most effective cancer screening and prevention exams, but recent studies have raised concerns that a colonoscopy may not be useful for detecting certain colorectal cancers. Now a new study from Germany offers strong evidence that the test can prevent color

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  4. Gout Drug May Reduce Colorectal Cancer

    Nov. 8, 2010 -- A small study suggests that taking allopurinol, a drug that has been used to treat gout for more than 20 years, may reduce colorectal tumor growth and lower the risk for colorectal cancer. Italian researchers compared three treatment groups with precancerous colorectal polyps. For up

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  5. Short Course of Radiation Fights Rectal Cancer

    Nov. 2, 2010 (San Diego) -- A short, five-day course of radiation therapy followed by surgery more than halves the risk that cancer will come back in some people with rectal cancer, a Dutch study suggests. The researchers studied more than 1,800 people with locally advanced rectal cancer -- meaning

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  6. New Colon Cancer Screening Test in the Works

    Oct. 28, 2010 -- A new, consumer-friendly test for colon cancer, once approved, could persuade more Americans to undergo screening for the deadly cancer, according to researchers presenting their findings on the test's effectiveness at a cancer conference in Philadelphia. At the same meeting, other

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  7. Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Colorectal Cancer Risk

    Oct. 26, 2010 -- Following a healthy lifestyle, which means exercising, eating healthfully, keeping the waistline trim, limiting alcohol intake, and avoiding smoking, could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 23%, according to a study from Denmark. Researchers led by Helene Kirkegaard at the Ins

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  8. Aspirin May Cut Colon Cancer Deaths

    Oct. 22, 2010 - Long-term use of low-dose aspirin reduces colon cancer risk, U.K. researchers find. Low-dose aspirin takers have a 24% lower risk of colon cancer and a 35% lower risk of dying from colon cancer, find University of Oxford researcher Peter Rothwell and colleagues. "The new findings on

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  9. Statin Drugs May Cut Risk of Colorectal Cancer

    Oct. 18, 2010 -- An analysis of 22 studies involving about 2.5 million people shows a significant association between using cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins and a reduced risk for colorectal cancer. The analysis shows there was a 12% reduction of colorectal cancer risk among statin users. A

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  10. Blood Test May Spot Early Colon Cancer

    Sept. 29, 2010 -- A simple blood test may help identify colon cancer early, when it is in its most treatable stages. Although the research is still in its infancy, "we are trying to develop a test that can be integrated into an annual checkup that is just another box for a doctor to check on the men

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