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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Blood Tests May Detect Colon Cancer

    Sept. 22, 2009 (Berlin) -- Two new blood tests may help to make the diagnosis of colon and other gastrointestinal cancers simpler, cheaper, and less unpleasant. The tests, developed by Belgian and German scientists, look for genetic fingerprints of tumor growth in the blood. One test may also help t

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  4. Aspirin May Help Treat Colon Cancer

    Aug. 11, 2009 -- Certain patients with colorectal cancer who begin regular aspirin use after the disease develops may greatly improve their odds of survival, researchers in Boston report. Aspirin is often praised for its anticancer effects. Numerous studies have suggested that regular aspirin use ma

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  5. Colonoscopy Beats Colon Pill Camera

    July 15, 2009 -- A tiny video camera embedded in a pill can detect abnormal growths in the colon or rectum, but not as well as colonoscopy, a new study shows. WebMD first covered that study in 2007, when preliminary results were in for the colon camera pill, called the PillCam Colon capsule endoscop

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  6. Virtual Colonoscopy: Who Should Get It?

    June 16, 2009 -- Virtual colonoscopy may be an acceptable screening alternative to traditional colonoscopy for some, but not all, patients with a higher-than-normal risk for colorectal cancer, new research suggests. The noninvasive screening method, which uses X-rays and computers to produce 3-D ima

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  7. Colorectal Cancer Rates Up; Blame Obesity

    June 10, 2009 -- Increasing Westernization is the likely culprit in dramatically increasing incidence rates of colorectal cancer around the world, a new study says. The trend is related to increased consumption of fatty foods in developing countries, and less physical activity -- resulting in obesit

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  8. Colorectal Cancer Rates Rising in Young Adults

    June 10, 2009 -- Colorectal cancer rates are rising in people younger than 50, American Cancer Society researchers report. That finding, published in the June edition of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, conflicts with falling colorectal cancer rates among U.S. adults 50 and older. Rout

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  9. Gene Test Predicts Return of Colon Cancer

    May 14, 2009 -- A test that characterizes each tumor by its genetic signature may soon help some colon cancer patients decide whether to have chemotherapy after surgery or whether they can safely forgo additional treatment. Called Oncotype DX, the test predicts the chance that cancer will come back

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  10. Calcium May Cut Cancer Risk

    Feb. 23, 2009 -- Here’s yet another reason to bone up on calcium. It may help reduce your risk of cancer. A new study shows that older men and women who got the most calcium from food and supplements had a 16% lower risk of colorectal and other cancers of the digestive system than those who got the

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