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  1. A Urine Test for Colon Cancer?

    April 27, 2010 -- It won't happen anytime soon, but researchers say they may be on the path to developing a simple urine test that could both diagnose colorectal cancer and follow its progress. Using a relatively new science known as metabolomics, researchers identified unique chemical patterns in u

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  2. Single Screening Cuts Colon Cancer Risk

    April 27, 2010 -- Colon cancer screening with just one flexible sigmoidoscopy cuts cancer risk and identifies those who need more invasive colonoscopy, an 11-year U.K. study finds. The study looked at more than 17,000 men and women ages 55-64 who said they were willing to take a colon cancer screeni

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  3. Statins May Not Prevent Colon Cancer

    April 20, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not appear to lower the odds of developing colon cancer in people at high risk of the disease, a study shows. Long-term use of the drugs may even slightly raise the risk of precancerous colon growths in high-risk people, resea

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  4. Blood Test May Predict Colon Cancer Spread

    March 4, 2010 -- A blood test may soon be able to predict which colon cancers are likely to spread to other parts of the body, according to a new study. Researchers found two proteins in the blood that may serve as potential biomarkers of colon cancers that are more aggressive and likely to spread.

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  5. Foods Interfere With Colon Cancer Drugs

    Jan. 25, 2010 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A drug combination that's been found to pack a powerful punch against the risk of colon cancer may only work in people who go light on certain foods, including red meat, corn, and orange juice, a new study suggests. Two years ago, researchers reported that a combinat

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  6. Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

    Jan. 21, 2010 -- Soaking in more sunlight and drinking more dairy may help you ward off colon cancer. Researchers in Europe have found that people with abundant levels of vitamin D -- the so-called sunshine vitamin -- have a much lower risk of colon cancer. The findings add to a growing body of evid

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  7. New Blood Test May Spot Early Colon Cancer

    Jan 20, 2010 -- A new blood test has potential for detecting -- and even preventing -- colon cancer, a study shows. The test spots a protein called CD24 that is elevated in the presence of both colon cancer and growths that are destined to become colon cancer. In contrast, levels of the protein are

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  8. Early Morning Colon Cancer Tests Work Best

    Nov. 6, 2009 -- Colon cancer screening exams may be more effective if done very early in the day rather than later, yielding more polyps per patient, says a new study. Not only are more polyps per patient found the earlier the procedures are done, but fewer polyps seem to be found hour by hour as th

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  9. New Techniques, Cameras Improve Colonoscopy

    Oct. 27, 2009 (San Diego) -- The screening test no one likes to talk about, colonoscopy, is getting more accurate, thanks to better techniques and equipment, such as a camera that helps detect polyps and other lesions lurking behind the folds of the intestines. That was the message at a news briefin

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  10. Estrogen May Improve Colon Cancer Survival

    Sept. 29, 2009 -- Younger women with advanced colon cancer live slightly longer than younger men with advanced disease, but the survival advantage disappears as women age and their estrogen levels drop, a new study shows. Previous research suggests a role for the female hormone in protecting against

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