Screening/Prevention Rectal Cancer

New Colonoscopy Surveillance Guidelines (10-10-2012)

The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer has released a consensus update regarding colonoscopy surveillance—and the guidelines indicate that average-risk patients who have a clean colonoscopy can wait 10 years between exams. Colorectal... Continue Reading

Sigmoidoscopy Screening Reduces Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality (05-29-2012)

Sigmoidoscopy, a less-invasive screening procedure that examines the lower portion of the bowel, can reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer or dying from it, according to the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Colorectal... Continue Reading

Providing Screening Choices Improves Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening (04-16-2012)

Individuals are much more likely to get screened for colorectal cancer when given a choice between colonoscopy and fecal occult blood test (FOBT), according to the results of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.[1] Screening is crucial... Continue Reading

Aspirin Continues to Look Promising for Cancer Prevention (03-26-2012)

A combined analysis of 51 randomized trials found that daily aspirin use reduces the risk of new cancer diagnoses as well as the risk of cancer death. These results were published in The Lancet. A growing body of evidence suggests that aspirin may reduce... Continue Reading

Evidence That Colonoscopy Reduces Deaths from Colorectal Cancer (02-24-2012)

Removal of polyps during colonoscopy substantially reduces the risk of death from colorectal cancer, providing further support for use of colonoscopy as a colorectal cancer screening test. These results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Colorectal... Continue Reading

Lynch Syndrome Also Linked with Breast and Pancreatic Cancer (02-17-2012)

A study of families with Lynch Syndrome has expanded the list of cancers related to the condition: carriers of a Lynch Syndrome gene mutation also appear to have an increased risk of breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. These results were published in... Continue Reading

Aggressive Rectal Cancer More Common in Young Adults (02-15-2012)

Signet cell rectal cancer—an aggressive type of rectal cancer—is almost five times more common in patients under the age of 40 than in older patients. These results were presented at the 97th Annual Clinical Congress of theAmericanCollege of Surgeons. The... Continue Reading

High Blood Sugar May Increase Risk of Colorectal Cancer (12-1-2011)

In a study of postmenopausal women, those with higher blood sugar were more likely than those with lower blood sugar to develop colorectal cancer. These results were published in the British Journal of Cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause... Continue Reading

Aspirin Cuts Risk of Hereditary Colorectal Cancer (11-4-2011)

Among people with Lynch Syndrome, daily aspirin use may cut the risk of colorectal cancer in half. This result—based on longer follow-up of a study that initially found no benefit of aspirin—was published in The Lancet. Lynch Syndrome, also known... Continue Reading

Diabetes May Increase Colorectal Cancer Risk (10-10-2011)

A combined analysis of previous studies provides additional evidence that people with diabetes may be at increased risk of colon cancer and rectal cancer. These results were published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Diabetes affects almost... Continue Reading

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