How You Can Fight Colon Cancer

It grows slowly. It can be cured in early stages. A colonoscopy can uncover it. We know how to solve the problem of colon cancer, but every year, people die of it. It’s a sad fact that even with so much in our favor, this cancer still claims lives. Do your part to protect yourself, … Read More

5 Tips to Prevent Colon Cancer in People Under Age 50

Colorectal cancer is generally not viewed as a disease of younger people. However, over the last twenty years, colorectal cancer rates in people ages 20 to 49 have increased significantly. This uptick is expected to continue over the next two decades. Researchers are trying to understand why. Experts don’t have any definitive data that shows … Read More

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Do You Know Your Personal Colorectal Cancer Risk?

What is your risk of having colorectal cancer? If you are approaching or have passed your 50th birthday, your doctor probably has advised you to have colorectal cancer screening to determine that. And that’s the problem. Since the late 20th century, this one-size-fits-all advice has been standard because there has been no other reliable way … Read More

Rectal Bleeding: What a Doctor Wants You to Know

The first thing most people worry about when they have minor rectal bleeding is that they have a cancer. Of course, colon cancer is what I worry most about, too. But it’s the cause of rectal bleeding only 1 to 2 percent of the time. Two problems are usually responsible for blood on the paper, … Read More

Radiation Beams Fight Tough Colon Cancer

Imagine focusing hundreds, or even thousands, of radiation beams on a cancerous tumor, hitting it hard with high-precision doses of radiation. It’s called Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT). While the technique is not new, it’s now become available to treat colon cancers that have spread to a person’s liver. Doctors have used SBRT in the … Read More

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New Tool Estimates Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

The screening guidelines for colorectal cancer are pretty much one size fits all. They  recommend that everyone seek screening at the age of 50. But a new tool allows doctors to predict an individual’s risk of developing colorectal cancer. This can help doctors decide when screenings are necessary for each of their patients. Brian J. Wells, MD, PhD, of the Department … Read More

Colonoscopies Are Saving More Lives

With the widespread use of colonoscopies, there is some good news about colon cancer that reinforces the importance of colonoscopy screenings. Colon cancer rates in the U.S. dropped by 30 percent over a decade (2000 to 2010), according to statistics just released in the Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2014. During those same years, colonoscopy screenings almost … Read More