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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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