Two unrelated bits of news today on colon cancer:
- Stand up: In another sitting-is-bad-for-you study, Australian scientists say people who worked 10 years or more in sedentary jobs had twice the risk of colon cancer as those who never had a sit-all-day job, along with a 44% increased risk of rectal cancer. (Even if they were diligent exercisers outside work.) Details on the two-year study in the American Journal of Epidemiology are at the Wall Street Journal.
- Get married: Brigham Young researchers say married people have a 14% lower risk of death from colon cancer than single patients. Among other things, married people were more likely to have the disease diagnosed early. The exact cause-and-effect isn't clear, but researchers figure the extra attention and TLC from spouses pays off. Details at the Salt Lake City Tribune.