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  1. -03-07-08 New Colon Cancer Screening Recommendations (US News)
      "Two tests are now being recommended: the virtual colonoscopy, which is an external CT scan that visualizes the colon without snaking a tube into it, and a stool test that detects mutated DNA shed from tumors." 03-08

  2. -03-07-08 Primer on Colon Cancer Screening (US News)
      "Any screening is better than none. But the guidelines say the best option is one that can pick up precancerous polyps, not just early signs of cancer. Those preferred tests are colonoscopy every 10 years, sigmoidoscopy every five years, double-contrast barium enema every five years, or virtual colonoscopy every five years." 03-08

  3. -03-13-08 New Colon Cancer Screening Recommendations (US News)
      "It's a scary pair of statistics: Nearly 150,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, and almost 50,000 are likely to die from it. Screening tests can nip precancerous polyps in the bud, saving lives. But for whatever reason—the ick factor, inconvenience, fear of the results—less than half the eligible population gets any kind of screening. Now that two more options have gotten the stamp of approval from a coalition of medical groups including the American Cancer Society, doctors hope to see a jump in screening rates. The latest guidelines, issued earlier this month, endorse a new type of annual stool test that looks for DNA shed from tumors as well as the so-called virtual colonoscopy, which is actually a CT scan of the lower part of the digestive tract. (The new guidelines are for average-risk Americans age 50 and over; if you have a family history of colon cancer, a personal history of polyps, or other risk factors, check with a doctor.)" 03-08

Papers
  1. Colorectal Cancer - Colon Cancer (National Cancer Institute)
      Provides information on the prevention, risk factors, and treatment of colonic (colorectal) cancer, as well as side effects of treatment. 1-04

  2. Dietary Magnesium May Reduce the Risk for Colon Cancer (WorldHealth.net)
      "The meta-analysis revealed that every 100 mg increase in magnesium intake associated with a 13% decrease in the risk of adenoma, and a 12% decrease risk of colorectal cancer." 09-12

  3. Effective New Treatments for Cancer (ABC News)
      "Four years after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, Peggy Matson is now free of the disease."

      "She had surgery and took a new drug called Herceptin, one of the first medications to attack breast cancer cells specifically."

      "Researchers are also optimistic about another drug, Avastin, which has already prolonged the lives of patients with advanced colon cancer." 01-06

  4. New Test for Colon Cancer (ABC News)
      "Lynch syndrome is the leading hereditary cause of colon cancer, accounting for 4 to 5 percent of cases. It's estimated that every one to two people out 1,000 have the syndrome, and it affects all races equally."

      "Thankfully, new research from Scotland has provided an easier method for identifying patients at risk." 06-06

  5. Reducing the Risk of Cancer with Diet (RealAge.com)
      "Juicier than the latest celeb gossip and more crisp than HDTV, apples may do a lot more than be the perfect fruit. The type of fiber in apples, called pectin, lowers your colon cancer risk by bumping up colon-protective compounds and clamping down on cancer-causing ones. In the lab, apple pectin increased levels of butyrate, a fatty acid that manages to do this colon-health double duty. That's fabulous, since colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer for both men and women." 04-10

  6. Study: Colon Cancer Found to Have a Distinct Smell (Time.com)
      "Although there's not much hope for the routine use of scent dogs in cancer screening — they're too expensive, for one thing — the current findings suggest that other noninvasive screening measures could be developed to pick up the same scent." 02-11

  7. What Farrah Fawcett Can Teach About Anal Cancer (US News)
      "Anal cancer is one of those cancers no one likes to talk about because it's, well, anal cancer. But we really should discuss it as much as, say, cervical cancer. Both are predominately caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus. In fact, a 2004 study of 6,000 anal cancer patients (the majority of whom were women) found that 73 percent of the patients tested positive for the strain HPV-16, one of the strains that the Gardasil vaccine protects against." 04-09

   
   


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