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  1. Fat Gene Linked to Colon Cancer

    Sept. 30, 2008 -- A fat hormone gene is linked to colon cancer, researchers find. The finding provides part of the answer to a big question: What triggers colon cancer? To get at this question, Boris Pasche, MD, PhD, and colleagues followed a trail of clues that implicates adiponectin, a hormone mad

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  2. Racial Disparities With Colon Cancer

    Sept. 23, 2008 -- When compared with whites, African-Americans get colon cancer more often and die from it more often, according to research. Why the disparity? And what can be done about it? That's what researchers from the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland wanted to find out. The

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  3. Clean Colonoscopy Grants 5-Year Relief

    Sept. 17, 2008 -- People who get an "all clear" after colonoscopy screening don't get colon cancer for at least five years, a new study confirms. Current U.S. guidelines say that if your colonoscopy finds no polyps or suspicious lesions, you won't need another colonoscopy for 10 years. Many U.S. gas

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  4. Virtual Colonoscopy, Real Accuracy

    Sept. 17, 2008 -- Virtual colonoscopy -- colon cancer screening using CT scans -- finds 90% of large, precancerous polyps. The finding comes from 15 academic and community medical centers that performed both virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography) and traditional colonoscopy on 2,600 patients aged 50

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  5. Can Fruits, Veggies Cut Colon Cancer Risk?

    Sept. 11, 2008 -- Does eating fruits, vegetables, and grains really protect against colorectal cancer? Researchers have been studying this question for years, but their findings have been mixed. Now a new study from the University of Hawaii weighs in on the issue, but it may do little to clear up th

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  6. Colon Cancer's Spread Often Unchecked

    Sept. 9, 2008 -- More than 60% of U.S. hospitals flunk minimum guidelines for checking to see if colon cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, a national "report card" shows. If you have surgery to remove colon cancer, successful treatment depends on doctors knowing whether the cancer has spread beyon

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  7. Colorectal Cancer Gene Mutation Found

    Aug. 14, 2008 -- Scientists at Ohio State University and Northwestern University have discovered a gene mutation that may make colorectal cancer almost nine times more likely. "This probably accounts for more colorectal cancers than all other gene mutations discovered thus far," states Northwestern

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  8. Tony Snow Dies of Colon Cancer

    July 12, 2008 -- Tony Snow, former White House press secretary and political commentator, died Saturday of colon cancer. Snow, who was 53 years old, had been undergoing chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of his colon cancer, according to CNN, where Snow most recently worked. Snow died at 2 a.m. Satu

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  9. Colorectal Cancer: New Treatments, Improved Prognosis

    While colorectal cancer remains one of the most deadly cancers in the U.S., researchers are making steady progress against this disease. New drugs allow people with even the most advanced metastatic disease to live longer. Admittedly, there's no cure, and the improvements -- which can add several mo

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  10. Vitamin D May Up Colon Cancer Survival

    June 18, 2008 -- Abundant levels of vitamin D may help patients with colon cancer live longer. Researchers with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health have found that patients with colon cancer who were among the top 25% in levels of vitamin D before being diagnosed

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