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  1. Statin Drugs May Cut Colon Cancer Risk

    June 7, 2004 (New Orleans) -- Colon and rectal cancers are the No. 2 cancer killers in the United States; now new research suggests a type of drugs that lowers cholesterol may cut the risk of developing these cancers. Statins, marketed under names such as Crestor, Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol

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  2. Longer Survival With Colorectal Cancer Drugs

    June 2, 2004 -- Findings from the largest studies to date of two new colorectal cancer treatments are encouraging, but more research is needed to understand how these therapies can best be used, experts tell WebMD. The studies involved the cancer fighting medicine Eloxatin, approved in 2002, and Ava

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  3. Women Want Women MDs to Do Colon Screenings

    May 19, 2004 (New Orleans) -- For years, doctors have blamed poor rates of colonoscopy screening on the discomfort associated with the procedure. Now, University of Michigan researchers report they have uncovered a previously overlooked culprit -- at least for women: a shortage of female specialists

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  4. Easier, Safer Colon Cancer Test?

    May 18, 2004 (New Orleans) -- Perhaps no medical test is more dreaded than the colonoscopy, but cutting-edge technologies promise not only less discomfort, but also more accurate results and, possibly, less frequent screenings. "Colonoscopies are one of the most feared screening tests," Bernard Levi

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  5. Looking Good: Colon Cancer Keyhole Surgery

    May 12, 2004 -- Laparoscopic "keyhole" surgery is a viable option for colon cancer surgery, a new study shows. In terms of complication and survival rates, the minimally invasive surgery measures up to the conventional surgery, reports researcher Heidi Nelson, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon with the

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  6. Virtual Colonoscopy Not Ready for Use Yet

    April 13, 2004 -- Virtual colonoscopy may sound like a good idea, but a new study shows the experimental colon cancer screening technique is not yet ready for widespread use. Although previous studies have shown that virtual colonoscopy was reasonably accurate at detecting large polyps when performe

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  7. Laparoscopic Surgery Works for Colon Cancer

    April 8, 2004 -- Minimally invasive surgery for colon cancer may be just as effective as more invasive surgery techniques but with a much shorter recovery time, a new study suggests. Researchers say laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer has been available since 1991, but until now little information

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  8. FDA OKs High-Tech Colon Cancer Treatment

    Feb. 12, 2004 -- The FDA approved Erbitux, the very drug at the heart of the Martha Stewart stock-sale controversy. This first-of-its-kind treatment is for colon cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Erbitux is a unique type of treatment called a monoclonal antibody and is the first suc

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  9. High-Glycemic Foods Linked to Colon Cancer

    Feb. 3, 2004 -- A diet rich in foods that trigger a quick and drastic jump in blood sugar levels can do more than just boost risk of type 2 diabetes and contribute to obesity. A new study indicates they may also lead to colon cancer. Researchers at Harvard and UCLA find that the future risk of color

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  10. Inflammation Linked to Colon Cancer

    Feb. 3, 2004 -- Elevated blood levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) have been linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Now early research suggests the protein may also play a role in the development of colon cancer. In a study involving almost 23,000 people foll

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