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Losing Weight May Help Prevent Colon Polyps from Developing, New Study Finds

Study participants who shed pounds were significantly less likely to develop pre-cancerous growths called adenomas, researchers say.

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Greatly Lower Odds for Many Cancers

Dropping a load of pounds through weight-loss surgery can significantly decrease your risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to three new studies.

Obese folks who underwent bariatric surgery were at least two times less likely to develop certain types of cancer and more than three times less likely to die of cancer than heavy people who didn't get the procedure, according to a...

Gene Test Lets Some Colon Cancer Patients Safely Skip Chemo

A blood test could save some colon cancer patients from getting unnecessary chemotherapy following surgery, while making sure that those who would benefit from the treatment get it, researchers report.

The circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) test looks for minute amounts of genetic material that are released by...

Pandemic Caused Millions of U.S. Women to Skip Cancer Screenings

Millions of U.S. women missed breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

It found that compared to 2018, the number of women in 2020 who said they had breast cancer screening in the past year fell by 2.13 million (6%). The number of women who ...

Colon Cancer Death Rates Are Falling Among the Young - But Only for Whites

Race and ethnicity matter when battling colon cancer, with young white patients facing notably better odds than Black, Hispanic or Asian patients, new research warns.

A look at colon cancer survival among Americans younger than 50 turned up a glaring discrepancy: Survival five years after diagnosis improved to nearly 70% among white patients over two decades, but was less than 58% among B...

Obesity Stigma Keeps Many From Life-Saving Cancer Screening: Study

Many people who are overweight or obese avoid cancer screening for fear of stigma and judgment about their weight, British researchers report.

In a review of 10 published studies, researchers found that many doctors around the world don't look kindly on patients with obesity, an attitude that can affect tre...

Study Supports Colonoscopies for Women Under 50

Colonoscopies in younger women can significantly cut their risk of colon cancer, a new study claims.

"While there's been an alarming increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer in recent decades in younger individuals, screening has largely been focused on people over 50," noted seni...

Could HIV Meds Help Slow Advanced Cancers?

The introduction of HAART (highly active anti-retroviral therapy) in the mid-1990s revolutionized the treatment of HIV/AIDS, halting disease progression and dramatically extending lives.

Now, a small new study suggests another potential use for one of the standard HAART medications: It halted disease p...

Lymphedema in Legs Strikes 1 in 3 Female Cancer Survivors

After surviving cancer, many older women suffer severe leg swelling that interferes with everyday life, a new study finds.

About one-third of older women develop this chronic condition - called lymphedema - after treatment for colon, uterine or ovarian cancer, according to the study.

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Does Your Height Affect Your Odds for Colon Cancer?

Taller people have a higher risk of colon cancer than shorter folks, and researchers say height should be considered when it comes to screening for the disease.

For the new study, the research team at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore analyzed data from 47 international studies that included more than 280,000 cases of

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  • March 7, 2022
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  • 6 Healthy Steps to Preventing Colon Cancer

    Colon cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, but there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk of tumors, an expert says.

    Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer in the Unite...

    Implanted 'Drug Factory' Wipes Out Cancers in Mice -- Could It Help People?

    Tiny, implantable drug "factories" that churn out an immune system protein could offer a new way to battle some cancers, if research in lab mice pans out.

    Researchers said the technology is readily translatable to human testing, and an initial trial could begin as soon as this year.

    The approach uses tiny "beads" that are implanted near tumors to continuously release controlled amou...

    Cancer Patients May Be at Higher Odds for Rare Neurological Disorder

    People with cancer may be at increased risk for a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome, new research has found.

    "Previous studies have suggested there may be a link between cancer and Guillain-Barré syndrome, but just how often people develop

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  • March 3, 2022
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  • Getting Rid of Meat in Your Diet May Lower Cancer Risk

    People who go meat-free, or at least put limits on it, may have lower risks of some of the most common cancers, a new, large study suggests.

    British researchers stressed that their findings do not prove definitively that vegetarian/vegan diets cut people's cancer risks. In fact, there ...

    Why Is Cancer-Linked Benzene in So Many Personal Care Products?

    Dozens of different spray products -- deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, athlete's foot treatments -- have been recalled in recent months due to contamination with the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

    Most recently, six Brut and Sure aerosol antiperspirants

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  • February 24, 2022
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  • Women at Higher Odds for Side Effects From Some Cancer Treatments

    Gender differences extend to cancer treatments, with women having a higher risk of severe side effects from certain treatments than men, a new study finds.

    Previous research concluded women tend to have more side effects from chemotherapy, and this new paper shows the same is true for

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  • February 15, 2022
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  • Biden Relaunches Cancer Moonshot Initiative

    President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is giving a new push to the cancer moonshot initiative that he first led during the Obama administration.

    In his announcement, Biden said the program would aim to boost prevention, screening and research with a target of reducing the cancer death rate by 50% over the ne...

    Shedding Pounds Might Help Stop Pre-Cancerous Colon Polyps

    Colon cancer rates are increasing for younger Americans, along with rates of obesity. Could slimming down reduce young people's risk for malignancy?

    A new study suggests that even a small amount of weight loss may cut your odds for benign growths in the colon known as adenomas, or polyps. Left unchecked, these growths can lead to

    Late-Stage Colon Cancers Increasing Among Young Americans

    Yet another study is chipping away at the idea that colon and rectal cancers are diseases of older age: In the past couple decades, Americans younger than 40 have shown the steepest rise in advanced cases of these cancers.

    The research adds to evidence of a disturbing, and not yet completely understood, increase in early-onset

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  • January 31, 2022
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  • Most Americans Don't Know Alcohol Can Raise Cancer Risk

    Most American adults don't know that alcohol boosts cancer risk, but a majority support steps to increase awareness of the link, a new nationwide survey shows.

    ""It is important that people are made fully aware of the potential harms of alcohol so that they may make informed decisions about alcohol consumption," said study author Kara Wiseman. She's an assistant professor of public health...

    Colonoscopy Surprise Bills Should Be Thing of the Past, Experts Say

    Big surprise bills for any colonoscopy done after a positive result from a stool-based screening test will be prevented under new federal rules, a group of U.S. medical organizations say.

    On Jan. 10, the Biden administration issued guidance requiring private insurers to cover such colonoscopies.

    The guidance exp...

    Many Cancer Patients Face Mounting Bills Despite Having Insurance

    Many insured cancer patients still experience serious money problems linked to their illness, new research affirms.

    For example, nearly 3 out of 4 insured patients with colon cancer have major financial hardship in the year after their diagnosis, which affects their social functioning and quality of life, according to

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  • January 4, 2022
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  • More Than 10 Million People Died of Cancer Worldwide in 2019

    Cancer remains a major killer, with 10 million deaths reported worldwide in 2019.

    More than 23 million new cases were documented globally in 2019, according to researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    By comparison, in 2010 there were 8.29 million cancer deaths worldwide and fewer than 19 million new cases. Deaths were nearly 21% higher in 2019 than 2010, and...

    Supplements: Many Cancer Patients Think They'll Help, But Experts Urge Caution

    Many cancer patients take dietary supplements in hopes of keeping their disease at bay, but British researchers say there's little evidence it will pay off.

    In fact, they add, supplements may not only be ineffective, but harmful as well.

    "We found 1 in 5 people who had been treated for cancer mistakenly thought that taking vitamins or other supplements would help reduce the ris...

    More Evidence That Pandemic Delayed Cancer Diagnoses

    New research offers fresh proof that the COVID-19 pandemic delayed cancer diagnoses in the United States, increasing patients' risk for poor outcomes.

    For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 9 million patients at over 1,200 Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities.

    Procedures to diagnose cancer were used less often and there were fewer new cancer diagnoses in 2020 t...

    Clinical Trials Are Becoming More Diverse, But There's Still Work To Do

    U.S. cancer clinical trial participants have become more diverse in makeup, but certain groups remain underrepresented, a new study finds.

    It's important to have a wide range of participants in clinical trials, to find out if treatments are safe and effective for people with different characteristics, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which has a number of initiatives to b...

    President Biden to Undergo Routine Colonoscopy

    President Joe Biden is undergoing a routine colonoscopy Friday, and will briefly transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he's sedated for the procedure, the White House said.

    The colonoscopy will be part of Biden's first routine physical exam as president, and will take place at Walter Reed National Military Center.

    "As was the case when President George W. Bush had the...

    Drug Used to Prevent Miscarriage May Raise Lifetime Cancer Risk in Offspring

    People who were exposed to a particular hormonal medication in the womb may have a heightened risk of cancer later in life, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found the increased cancer risk among adults whose mothers had been given injections of a synthetic progesterone known as 17-OHPC, or 17P, during pregnancy. The study participants were born in the 1960s, when the drug was used to hel...

    Younger Age Doesn't Boost Survival With Advanced Colon Cancer

    Younger patients with advanced colon cancer don't live longer than older patients, but it's unclear why, researchers say.

    The authors of the new study said they were surprised by the findings, which come as colon cancer rates are on the rise among young Americans.

    "As a group, younger patients are more physically active and have higher performance status and are better able to perfo...

    Too Little Vitamin D Could Raise Colon Cancer Risk in Black Women

    Black American women with low levels of vitamin D have higher odds of developing colon cancer, according to a new research that echoes previous findings in white women.

    Researchers used a vitamin D prediction model for nearly 50,000 participants in the Black Women's Health Study and concluded that those with predicted levels in the bottom 25% had an estimated 40% higher risk of colon canc...

    Cancer Costs U.S. Patients $21 Billion a Year

    American cancer patients spent more than $21 billion on their care in 2019, a new report shows.

    That $21.09 billion included out-of-pocket costs of $16.22 billion and patient time costs of $4.87 billion. Patient time costs are the value of the time patients spend traveling for, waiting for and receiving care.

    "As the costs of cancer treatment continue to rise, greater attention to a...

    Cancer Care Costs U.S. $156 Billion Per Year; Drugs a Major Factor

    Private insurers paid out about $156.2 billion in 2018 for U.S. patients with the 15 most common cancers.

    Medication was the largest expense and drugs for breast, lung, lymphoma and colon cancers accounted for the largest chunk of those costs, according to a Penn State College of Medicine study.

    "The public often hears that the U.S. spends an inordinate amount of money on health car...

    Colon Cancer Diagnoses Fell 40% in Pandemic, and That's Not Good News

    Colon cancer numbers dropped dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean fewer people have the disease.

    In Spain, researchers discovered a more than 40% decline in colon cancer diagnoses, leading experts to worry about the ramifications.

    "These are very worrying findings indeed -- cases of colorectal cancer undoubtedly went undiagnosed during the pandemic. Not o...

    New Tests for Colon, Prostate Cancer Show Promise

    A pair of experimental tests could help doctors detect colon or prostate cancer with just a sample of blood or saliva.

    One test examines a person's blood for four biomarkers linked to inflammation. In a small study, it outperformed the fecal blood test now used in colon cancer screening, said lead researcher Dr. Mona Eldeeb, of Alexandria University Medical Research Institute in Egypt.

    Could a Japanese Plant Turn Cold Cuts Into Healthy Fare?

    There's good news for health-conscious sausage and bacon lovers.

    A new study suggests the Japanese knotweed plant could be used to make healthier cured meats.

    According to researchers, this fast-growing plant that invades gardens and buildings contains a chemical that could take the place of the preservative nitrite, which has been linked to cancer, in cured meats. That might not on...

    People With MS Have Worse Survival If Colon Cancer Strikes

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients diagnosed with colon cancer may have a greater risk of dying from cancer or other causes in the next six months to year than colon cancer patients without MS, a Canadian study finds.

    "These results warrant further investigation to determine what factors may lead to shorter survival times," said study author Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie, a professor of neurology at ...

    Having Even a Cousin or Grandparent With Colon Cancer Raises Your Risk: Study

    Colon cancer risk runs in families, and it's not just a parent or sibling having had the disease that should concern you.

    If you have a second- or third-degree relative who had colon cancer at an early age, your odds of having the disease substantially increase, a new study finds.

    First-degree relatives include parents, children and siblings. Second-degree relatives include aunts, u...

    Too Many Antibiotics Might Raise Colon Cancer Risk

    Here's another reason to avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics: Long-term use of these medications could increase your risk of colon cancer, researchers say.

    "While in many cases antibiotic therapy is necessary and saves lives, in the event of less serious ailments that can be expected to heal anyway, caution should be exercised. Above all to prevent bacteria from developing resistance but...

    Vitamin D Might Help Prevent Early-Onset Colon Cancer

    Foods rich in vitamin D may help protect younger adults against colon cancer, researchers report.

    While colon cancer is decreasing overall, cases among younger adults have been on the rise. The trends dovetail with a decline in vitamin D intake from foods such as fish, mushrooms, eggs and milk.

    There is growing evidence of a link between vitamin D and risk of colon cancer death, but...

    Immune-Based Therapy May Help Some Battling Advanced Colon Cancers

    Immunotherapy helped extend the lives of some patients with the most common type of advanced colon cancer, researchers report.

    The new findings are important, they noted, because immunotherapy doesn't typically work against microsatellite stable (MSS) colon cancer. These patients have few treatment options once their disease no longer responds to chemotherapy.

    This study included 95...

    Incomplete Polyp Removal During Colonoscopy Can Bring Cancer Danger

    Colonoscopy screening can help prevent colon cancer by allowing doctors to find and remove potentially pre-cancerous growths called polyps. But if they fail to get the whole growth, the odds of a recurrence are high, a new study shows.

    The likelihood that it will occur within the next few years more than doubled.

    Repeat exams found a new growth in the same colon segment 52% of the t...

    Bogus Info on Cancer Common Online, and It Can Harm

    Don't believe everything you read on social media about cancer and cancer treatment.

    A new study finds that one-third of the most popular articles on social media about treatment for common cancers contains misinformation -- and most of it can be downright dangerous.

    "The worst-case scenario is when it leads to a person declining proven cancer treatments in favor of a treatment tha...

    Mixed Progress Against Cancers in Teens, Young Adults

    There's some encouraging news for U.S. teens and young adults with cancer.

    Survival rates have improved for several types of cancer, though gains have been limited for some common kinds, according to a long-term study published online July 26 in the journal Cancer.

    The researchers used a wealth of accumulated data "to piece together a larger part of the cancer survival st...

    Most Cancer Screenings Make Big Rebound After Pandemic Decline

    A major U.S. hospital system had a strong rebound in most cancer screening tests after a steep drop-off in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study shows.

    The findings are based on an analysis of data from the Boston-based Mass General Brigham system. Depending on the type of test, between March and June of 2020, the number of cancer screenings dropped off between 65% a...

    U.S. Deaths From Cancer Continue to Decline

    Americans' overall death rate from cancer continues to fall -- but rising rates of certain cancers and ongoing racial disparities linger.

    Those are among the findings of an annual report to the nation from several major cancer organizations.

    The good news includes an accelerating decline in the overall cancer death rate, among both women and men, and across racial and ethnic groups....

    Could Too Many Antibiotics Raise Your Odds for Colon Cancer?

    Antibiotics may increase the risk of colon cancer, especially in younger people, U.K. researchers report.

    "To our knowledge, this is the first study to link antibiotic use with the growing risk of early-onset colon cancer -- a disease which has been increasing at a rate of at least 3% per year over the last two decades," said study co-author Sarah Perrott, a cancer researcher at the Unive...

    Too Little Sunlight, Vitamin D May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

    New research finds that countries with more cloudy days tend to have higher colon cancer rates. Lower levels of vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," may be to blame.

    So, boosting your vitamin D levels through exposure to sunlight could help reduce your risk of colon cancer, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

    "Differences in UVB [ultraviolet-B] li...

    Could Home Test for Colon Cancer Mean a Big Medical Bill to Come?

    You decide to take a popular colon cancer screening test that can be performed at home, and it comes back positive. A follow-up colonoscopy is scheduled, but then you suddenly receive a large and unexpected medical bill.

    That's what happened to a Missouri woman who was hit with $1,900 in medical expenses after using the popular at-home colon cancer screening test called Cologuard.
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    Could a DNA Blood Test Spot a Range of Hidden Cancers?

    Could a new one-and-done blood test designed to detect as many as 50 different types of cancer become a diagnostic game changer?

    Yes, say researchers, who report the method appears accurate and reliable at identifying and locating cancer, including some kinds for which there are now no effective screening methods.

    "[The test] sets the stage for a new paradigm of screening individual...

    For People With Heart Failure, Statins May Lower Cancer Risk Too

    Many people with heart failure take a cholesterol-lowering statin, and new research suggests those pills might also lower their odds for cancer.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 87,000 people in Hong Kong who had no history of cancer and were hospitalized for heart failure between 2003 and 2015.

    They were followed until they were diagnosed with cancer, died or until the end ...

    Colonoscopy After 75: A Potential Lifesaver for Most

    If you're over 75, being screened for colon cancer could save your life, a new study says.

    This week, the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force lowered the recommended age to begin colon cancer screening from 50 to 45 for people without a family history of colon cancer, but did not change its advice to halt routine screening at age 75.

    After that age, the decision to be s...

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