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Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer Is a 'Bigger Problem Every Year'

It's now the leading cause of cancer death in men under 50, and scientists aren't sure why

(Newser) - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and doctors are urging people much younger than typical colorectal cancer to be aware of the symptoms . For reasons that scientists say are still unclear, the rate of colorectal cancer in people under 50 has been steadily rising for around 30 years, the New ...

Blood Test for This Cancer Shows Promise for Early Detection

Guardant Health's Shield test picked up 83% of cancer cases, offering hope for simpler screenings

(Newser) - A new, simpler way to screen for colon cancer could soon become the routine. Guardant Health has produced a blood test that could be administered at a regular doctor's visit to detect the third most-diagnosed cancer in adults in the US—and in a new study, the Shield test...

Keep an Eye Out for These Early Signs of Colon Cancer

Researchers pinpoint the signals to look for in disease seeing a rise among young adults

(Newser) - Colon cancer is on the rise among young adults, and the cases have been much more aggressive than they used to be. That's why scientists hope the public pays attention to info out of a new study from St. Louis' Washington University School of Medicine, which looked for early...

Researcher 'Shocked' on Results of Cancer Screening Study

Recommended tests find just 14% of diagnosed cancers in US, report finds

(Newser) - Cancer screening is great, but it's not perfect. According to a new report, just 14% of all diagnosed cancers in the US are detected with a recommended screening test, while 15% of screenable cancers aren't detected by screening. The vast majority of cancers are actually found when a...

New Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines Are Here

Panel recommends routine screenings start at 45, not 50

(Newser) - Just turned 45 and figured you had another half a decade before your routine colonoscopies start? Well, maybe not. The US Preventive Services Task Force, an influential panel, now recommends routine screening for colorectal cancer should start at 45, not 50, NPR reports. Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of...

Task Force: Colorectal Cancer Screening Should Start Earlier

They say insurance companies should cover screenings starting at age 45

(Newser) - A government-backed task force says that with cases of colon and rectal cancer steadily rising among younger people, it is lowering the recommended starting age for colorectal cancer screening from 50 to 45. If the proposal from the US Preventive Services Task Force is finalized, which is expected to happen...

American Cancer Society Says You Should Do This at 45

It moves guideline for colon cancer screening earlier, from age 50

(Newser) - Getting screened for colon cancer is no longer a rite-of-passage for a 50-year-old, at least according to the American Cancer Society. In updated guidelines released Wednesday, it inched the recommended age to 45. NPR explains that doesn't mean getting a colonoscopy. The new recommendations detail six screening options, which...

Millennials' Colorectal Cancer Risk Like Those Born in 1890

Study sees a sharp rise in rates since 1974

(Newser) - Colonoscopies are a rite of passage for 50-year-olds—could that one day be true for 30-year-olds? We're not there yet, but we may be on our way. Researchers from the American Cancer Society have identified a sharp rise in colon and rectal cancer rates among millennials and GenXers after...

Women to See 60% Spike in Cancer Deaths by 2030
Ominous Stats on the
Women's Cancer Horizon

Ominous Stats on the Women's Cancer Horizon

A 60% rise in deaths by 2030, per an ACS report

(Newser) - Two disturbing reports were issued this week on the cancer front, with one noting women will see a spike in cancer deaths over the next decade or so—5.5 million cancer deaths by the year 2030. The other report adds that women afflicted with breast cancer alone could nearly...

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...

Experts: Here's Why More Over-50s Should Take Aspirin

Cancer advice splits federal authorities

(Newser) - If you're between 50 and 70 years old and you're not already taking a low dose of aspirin, it's something you should consider, according to a federal panel. Aspirin is already recommended for people with a history of heart trouble, and the US Preventive Services Task Force...

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...

To Lower Cancer Risk, Stop Drinking So Much
 To Cut Cancer Risk, 
 Stop Drinking So Much 
study says

To Cut Cancer Risk, Stop Drinking So Much

Sticking to advised limits would prevent thousands of cases

(Newser) - Drinking leads to at least 13,000 cases of cancer in Britain each year, a study finds—and thousands could be avoided if people would stick to alcohol guidelines. That UK-centric finding comes from a study that examined the tie between diet and cancer in eight European countries. Researchers discovered...

Aspirin Reduces Risk of Cancer Death: Study

Those who took it consistently over time benefited years later

(Newser) - Aspirin has long been touted as a means of protecting yourself from heart disease, and now a new study suggests it could dramatically lessen your cancer risk, too. Researchers looked at eight past aspirin trials, and found that patients who took aspirin, rather than a placebo, were 21% less likely...

Black-White Cancer Death Gap Persists

Colorectal disease rate falls overall, but racial disparity grows

(Newser) - Even as instances of colorectal cancer in the US decrease, the gap between whites and blacks is growing, new research shows. Black men and women are 45% more likely to die from the disease than whites, HealthDay reports. While rates are lower for both white and black men, the difference...

Study Backs Virtual Colonoscopy

Computer scan as effective as invasive procedure

(Newser) - A new study has found a virtual colonoscopy to be almost as effective as a conventional invasive procedure in detecting colon cancer, USA Today reports. Virtual colonoscopies, using scans and computer imaging, discovered 90% of the cancers located by regular colonoscopies, in which a scope is physically passed through the...

Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise
 Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise 

Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

Colorectal disease spreads more slowly in immunized mice

(Newser) - Encouraging results in experiments on mice are raising hopes of an effective colon cancer vaccine, Reuters reports. Capitalizing on the fact that the intestines have their own immune system, researchers isolated a protein that occurs only in the gut to create a vaccine. In treated mice, an average of three...

Genes ID Best Patients for Colon Cancer Drug

Step toward 'holy grail' of personalized cancer battle

(Newser) - Researchers have taken a giant step toward the "holy grail" of personalized cancer treatment—by using genetic profiling to accurately target chemotherapy, Reuters reports. A new genetic test of colon cancer tumors is able to predict with accuracy whether a patient will respond to treatment with the drug Erbitux,...

Meat Linked to Many Cancers
Meat Linked to Many Cancers

Meat Linked to Many Cancers

Consumption red meat tied to lung, liver as well as colon cancer

(Newser) - A diet rich in red meat has long been linked to a higher risk of colon cancer, but new research also ties it to lung, esophageal and liver cancers. A new study of over a half million participants focuses on consumption of beef, pork, lamb and processed meats—cold cuts,...

Ward Off Cancer by Staying Thin, Study Says

Landmark report frowns on excess body weight, processed meat

(Newser) - Excess body weight and consumption of red meat can increase the risk of cancer, even for people within a healthy weight range, researchers reported today in a 40-year international study. Being within the healthy Body Mass Index range of 18.5-24.9 isn’t enough, the Guardian reports, because cancer...

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