Colon CancerInfo Center
FITs Fit the Bill for Detecting 79% of Colorectal Cancers
The gold standard for detecting colorectal cancer is the colonoscopy, which provides an internal view of the entire colon. At home fecal sample tests are also available, but how accurate are they?
Follow-up Tests to Fight the Return of Colorectal Cancer
After cancer treatment, physicians want to follow the patient to be on the lookout for the disease returning. That’s because earlier detection of any cancer usually means better outcomes.
It's Not Too Late to Quit Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis
It's never too late to quit smoking, even after a cancer diagnosis, according to recent research.
Calcium + Vitamin D Supplements = A Mixed Bag
Keeping track of which dietary supplements are beneficial, harmful, or do nothing at all is a time-consuming endeavor. So what’s the latest information on calcium and vitamin D supplements?
Surviving Cancer While Living With Other Diseases
Cancer remains primarily a disease of the elderly. Aging also increases the incidence of other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. A new study looked at how other health issues impact cancer survival.
Keeping Advanced Cancer from Advancing
Advanced colorectal cancer can metastasize (spread) to the liver. These new tumors can be surgically removed in some patients. A follow-up study analyzed whether chemotherapy helped these patients live longer.
Let's Talk About Colorectal Cancer Screening
While colorectal cancer is all too common, it’s one of the cancers that can be beaten when caught early. The key to winning is screening. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to pick a screening test and to, essentially, just do it!
Men, Don’t Take Colorectal Cancer Sitting Down!
Along with a healthy diet, there’s almost nothing better than being physically active for achieving optimum health. This reality is well known. But what about sedentary behavior – you know, sitting around or being a “couch potato" for many hours of the day? Does that matter?
Colorectal Cancer: A Family Matter
For most people, colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer should begin at age 50. If everything looks good, the next colonoscopy happens 10 years later. For folks with a family history of the disease, earlier and more frequent screenings are recommended. But even that may not be enough.
Surgery Techniques Matter for Colorectal Cancer Patients
Elderly cancer patients typically are not as strong as their younger counterparts. They often don’t recover as quickly from surgery and may need special attention. Researchers have found that one surgical technique may improve the outlook for elderly colorectal cancer patients.