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  1. Avastin May Stop Rectal Cancer Spread

    April 15, 2008 (San Diego) -- Adding the cancer drug Avastin to standard treatment stopped cancer spread in 22 of 24 patients with rectal tumors, researchers report. The patients were given Avastin, chemotherapy, and radiation prior to surgery to have their tumors removed. Three years later, all the

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  2. Drug Combo Stops Recurrent Colon Polyps

    April 15, 2008 (San Diego) -- A combination of the targeted anticancer agent DFMO and the antiarthritis drug sulindac reduces the risk of recurrent colon polyps by up to 95%, researchers report. Importantly, the combination was associated with less toxicity than chemotherapy, says study head Frank M

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  3. Colon Cancer Tests Catching On

    March 13, 2008 -- Getting a colon cancer test has become more common for people aged 50 and older, but less so for minorities. The CDC reported that news today, based on national health studies done from 2002 to 2006.  Colon cancer screening is recommended starting at age 50 for people who aren't at

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  4. Flat Lesions Linked to Colon Cancer

    March 6, 2008 -- They are usually missed or overlooked during colon cancer screening, but flat lesions within the lining of the colon and rectum may be more likely to be cancerous than polyps, new research shows. They are also more common in the U.S. population than previously thought. Known as nonp

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  5. New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

    March 6, 2008 -- Colon cancer experts today issued new guidelines about colon cancer screening tests. The new guidelines, which emphasize colon cancer prevention, come from the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of Radiology. Her

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  6. Virtual or Real, Colonoscopy Is Best

    Jan. 28, 2008 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Virtual colonoscopy is nearly as accurate as the real thing, and both methods far outperform three other standard screening methods for colon cancer, German researchers report. Their study of more than 300 low-risk, healthy men and women compared virtual and real col

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  7. Blood Test Detects Colon Cancer

    Jan. 24, 2008 (Orlando) -- A novel blood test holds promise for both detecting and preventing colon cancer, researchers report. The test spots a protein called colon cancer-specific antigen-2 (CCSA-2) that is elevated in the presence of colon cancer or growths that are destined to become colon cance

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  8. Colon Cancer Ancestors Found

    Jan. 4, 2008 -- Colon cancer's family tree may date back to Pilgrim days, and that lineage may help save lives in the U.S. today. University of Utah researchers have tracked a gene mutation linked to colon cancer risk back to an English couple that sailed to colonial America before 1640. The couple

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  9. Obesity Ups Women’s Colon Cancer Risk

    Oct. 15, 2007 (Philadelphia) -- Obesity more than doubles a woman’s risk of developing colon cancer or growths that can lead to colon cancer, researchers say. That puts obesity as women’s No. 1 risk factor for the disease, a study of more than 1,200 women suggests. Women who are heavy smokers or ove

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  10. Removing Colon Polyps Cuts Death Risk

    Oct. 15, 2007 (Philadelphia) -- An initial colonoscopy during which the colon is cleared of precancerous polyps significantly reduces deaths from colon cancer -- even if there are no follow-up exams, researchers report. In a 20-year study of more than 2,500 people, the risk of dying from colon cance

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