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How Bacteria in Your Mouth Make Colon Cancer Worse

Study looks at how common oral bacteria travel to colorectal tissue

(Newser) - Of cancers that strike both men and women, colorectal cancer is the No. 2 killer in the US, reports the CDC , claiming more than 50,000 lives in 2013. Previous studies out of Harvard found that a common oral bacteria accelerates the cancer's growth in animals, but since the... More »

Alcohol Causes 7 Types of Cancer—at Least

Drink only a little? You're still at risk

(Newser) - Health experts are calling for warning labels on booze, like those on tobacco products, based on a new study that finds alcohol is a direct cause of at least seven forms of cancer. Drink only a little? You're still at risk, scientists write in the journal Addiction . After reviewing... More »

Guys With Long Legs Have Twice the Risk of 1 Cancer

More growth hormones that drive bone growth in legs may be risk factor for colon cancer

(Newser) - Higher cancer rates have been linked generally to taller people, but University of Minnesota researchers are reporting a startling find: Men with longer legs have a 42% higher risk of developing colorectal cancer than those with shorter legs, reports Live Science . More specifically, they found that the men with the... More »

More Young People Are Getting Colon Cancer

And usually spot it at an advanced stage, study says

(Newser) - A new study says one in seven US colon cancer patients is younger than 50—raising questions about why more young people seem to be getting the disease and what can be done about it, reports HealthDay via the Philadelphia Inquirer . "Colon cancer has traditionally been thought of as... More »

Colon Cancer Study Brings Good News, Bad News

Rates on the rise in the under-50 set

(Newser) - The good news: Colon and rectal cancer rates are dropping overall. The bad news: The rates for these cancers are on the rise for younger people. Researchers for a study published in JAMA Surgery pored over a database that included cancer cases from 1975 to 2010 to draw out colorectal... More »

Coming to Colon Cancer Screening: Simple Home Test

Cologuard inspires mixed reactions, offers non-invasive option

(Newser) - Starting tomorrow, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do. Cologuard, developed at the Mayo Clinic, is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding whether... More »

Screenings Slash Colon Cancer Rate 30% in a Decade

But researchers see more work ahead

(Newser) - The fight against colon cancer through screening is "one of the great public health success stories of the decade," says a top figure at the American Cancer Society: In people over 50, colon cancer rates have dropped by 30% over the past decade, researchers say. That's mostly... More »

Toilet Paper Can Disguise Cancer Sign: Doctor

Blood in the toilet bowl could actually be red ink, he says

(Newser) - What looks like blood in your toilet bowl could actually be red ink seeping from your toilet paper, says colorectal surgeon Guy Nash—but he's still upset about it. That's because people who use toilet paper decorated in red may think they're seeing blood in the toilet... More »

Study: Colonoscopy Cuts Cancer Deaths

Invasive test definitely a life-saver, researchers say

(Newser) - To say colonoscopies are unpopular would be an understatement, but the procedure definitely saves lives, a new study finds. The research, which confirms what doctors have long believed, found that the death rate from colon cancer was cut by 53% among people who had the test and had precancerous growths... More »

Another Study Says Sitting Too Long Ups Cancer Risk

Inactivity linked to greater risk of breast, colon cancer

(Newser) - And the "sitting is bad for you" drum beats on: Even people who get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day have a higher risk of developing cancer if they spend most of the rest of their waking hours sitting down, researchers say. An analysis presented at the... More »

Chavez Has Colon Cancer: Reports

Details still unknown; president vows to defeat disease

(Newser) - Last week, Hugo Chavez announced he had cancer , but kept quiet on the details; now, insiders say it’s likely colon cancer, and he's likely undergoing chemo, the Wall Street Journal reports. A tumor was discovered during the Venezuelan president's surgery for a pelvic abscess and later removed.... More »

More 'Sitting Kills' News: It Raises Colon Cancer Risk

Being single doesn't help much, either: Studies

(Newser) - 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
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Easy DNA Tests Raise Hopes on Colon Cancer

They're less invasive than colonoscopies

(Newser) - Doctors believe two new DNA-based tests could sharply reduce colon cancer, and spare millions of people from undergoing colonoscopies. One test, developed by Exact Sciences in Wisconsin, examines stool samples for the presence of four altered genes that are indicative of the cancer. Another group, from Germany, tests blood samples... More »

Shedding Light on 'Hidden' Patients: Women With Lung Cancer

New report focuses on disparities in funding, incidence, survival

(Newser) - The number of women diagnosed with lung cancer is soaring, but federal funding for research lags even though the disease is more common than cancer of the breast, prostate, and colon—combined. A new report drills down on research about women and lung cancer, sorting out findings about incidence, gender... More »

Vegans Sue for Cancer Warning on Hot Dogs

(Newser) - A group that promotes a meat-free diet wants hot dog packages to carry a label warning of their association with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer,” says a lawsuit filed by the vegan-friendly Cancer Project.... More »

Eartha Kitt Dead at 81

(Newser) - The versatile and ever-sultry Eartha Kitt died today at age 81, the AP reports. Kitt, with her trademark purr, had a career as a dancer, singer, and actor that spanned six decades. Among her musical hits was “Santa Baby," now in common rotation during the holidays. Kitt, who... More »

Colon Cancer Gene Discovered

Cancer growth gene identified

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered a key gene that may contribute to the growth of colon cancer and could provide a target for new therapies, Bloomberg reports. The gene, CDK8, controls a cell growth switch that researchers think might spur the development of many tumors. The discovery may help up to 50%... More »

Snow's Death Puts Politics in Perspective

Elizabeth Edwards salutes cancer victim from across aisle

(Newser) - The death of Tony Snow serves as a tragic reminder that some things are far more important in life than party politics, Elizabeth Edwards writes in Newsweek. The Democratic health adviser pays warm tribute to her fellow cancer sufferer, and expresses hope that the words "common cause" will gain... More »

Tony Snow Dies of Cancer at 53

(Newser) - Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a year and a half stint as President Bush's press secretary, has died of colon cancer, Fox News reported today. Snow was 53 years old.  Snow, who served as the... More »

Popular Cancer Drug Is Iffy and Expensive

Widely prescribed Avastin doesn't prolong life, studies say

(Newser) - Avastin is one of the most widely prescribed cancer drugs in the world, but it might not work, the New York Times reports. The drug, made by Genentech, brings in about $2.3 billion a year in the US alone, but recent trials have shown that though the drug shrinks... More »

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