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  1. Statins May Not Prevent Colon Cancer

    April 20, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not appear to lower the odds of developing colon cancer in people at high risk of the disease, a study shows. Long-term use of the drugs may even slightly raise the risk of precancerous colon growths in high-risk people, resea

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  2. Blood Test May Predict Colon Cancer Spread

    March 4, 2010 -- A blood test may soon be able to predict which colon cancers are likely to spread to other parts of the body, according to a new study. Researchers found two proteins in the blood that may serve as potential biomarkers of colon cancers that are more aggressive and likely to spread.

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  3. Foods Interfere With Colon Cancer Drugs

    Jan. 25, 2010 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A drug combination that's been found to pack a powerful punch against the risk of colon cancer may only work in people who go light on certain foods, including red meat, corn, and orange juice, a new study suggests. Two years ago, researchers reported that a combinat

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