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    1. Colon Cancer Death Rates Vary by State

      July 7, 2011 -- Colorectal cancer screening is reducing the number of deaths from the disease, but death rates vary widely among regions and states, according to a new report. Colorectal cancer death rates are higher in Southern states along the Appalachian Mountain corridor and lower in the Northea

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    2. Screenings Cut Colon Cancer Death Rate

      July 5, 2011 -- New diagnoses of colorectal cancer as well as deaths from the disease have declined dramatically in recent years, thanks in part to greater emphasis on screening procedures, a government report says. Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer, but it could fall from that posi

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    3. Many in U.S. Skip Follow-up Colon Cancer Screening

      June 24, 2011 -- One in three adults who have been screened for colon cancer fail to follow up with repeat screenings as recommended, according to a new survey. Researchers found 33% of U.S. adults between the ages of 60 and 70 years old have only been screened once for colon cancer; 31% of adults o

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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