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17 Mar

Colon Cancer in Young Adults: One Woman’s Story

Tatiana was just 39 years old when she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. Colon cancer is now on the rise in people under 45. Tatiana shares her story as a warning to others who may think colon cancer is a disease of the old.

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Junk food increases people’s risk of colon cancer, as well as alcohol, lack of exercise and obesity.

Unfortunately, many Americans don’t know about these risk factors for colon cancer, a new survey has found.

Colon and rectal cancers have been rising in people under 50 for two decades, researchers said, meaning that many develop the cancer before screening colonoscopies are reco...

SATURDAY, Feb. 24, 2024 (HeathDay News) -- Colon cancer rates are on the rise among young Americans and Americans of color, so much so that the disease is now the leading cause of cancer death for men under 50 and the second most deadly cancer for women under 50.

The American Cancer Society released those statistics in its

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  • February 24, 2024
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  • FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- A drug first developed to treat cocaine addiction might also help slow the spread of advanced colon cancer, a new study suggests.

    The drug vanoxerine appears to suppress cancer stem cell activity by essentially rewiring gene networks critical to tumor growth, the researchers explained.

    “Tumors treated with vanoxerine become more susceptibl...

    Dutch researchers have developed a new stool test that appears to detect colon polyps better than the current test does.

    "The current test performs well, but leaves room for improvement," said Dr. Gerrit Meijer, principle investigator at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. 

    "We want to be able to detect t...

    Cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, with more than 4 million deaths prevented since 1991, a new report shows.

    But more people are developing cancers than ever, making the dreaded disease a continued threat to human health, according to the new report

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  • January 17, 2024
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  • More patients could benefit from immunotherapy, a highly effective treatment for some cancers, new research suggests.

    Revising current testing guidelines so that a more sophisticated test could be used more often would enable 6,000 more people in the United States to receive the treatment, a team from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston contend.

    Immunotherapy is highly effective...

    Getting your preventive screening colonoscopy could be even more of a lifesaver than you thought, a new analysis finds.

    The two gold standard tests for spotting cancers and polyps of the colon -- colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy -- offer double the benefit determined in prior studies, conclude a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge, Mass.

    They explain...

    Many patients with advanced colon cancers who are successfully treated with immunotherapy and then stop those treatments appear to face little risk of tumor progression two years later.

    That's the main finding from a study that tracked outcomes for 64 people treated for metastatic colon cancer. All were given approved immunotherapy meds such as

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 20, 2023
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  • At-home tests for colon cancer make this important screening readily available to folks who can't afford or would rather not go through a colonoscopy.

    Unfortunately, more than 1 in 10 at-home tests sent to a lab are unusable, mainly due to mistakes made by the patient, a

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 19, 2023
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  • Could blockbuster diabetes and weight-loss meds such as Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro and Zepbound also lower users' odds for colon cancer?

    New research suggests they might.

    All of these medications (and more) fall into a class of diabetes drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs).

    The new study, from researchers at Case Western Reserve School of Medic...

    Colon cancer survivors can give their health a boost by eating more navy beans, a new clinical trial finds.

    Small, white navy beans are full of gut-supporting fibers, amino acids and other nutrients that can help the beneficial bacteria of the gut flourish, researchers said.

    And colon cancer patients who added a cup of navy beans to their regular meals saw positive changes in their ...

    Chalk up a surprising benefit to government housing assistance.

    Breast cancer screening is higher among some low-income women who get government help with housing compared to those who do not, new research shows.

    "Receiving housing assistance has been associated with several positive health outcomes and health behaviors in past research, and our findings suggest it can also support ...

    Rates of colon cancer among relatively young Americans continue to rise, and a new study suggests that a patient's race might determine the quality of cancer care they receive.

    Being a Black patient appeared linked to lower odds of receiving "guideline-concordant" care for colon and rectal cancers, compared to white patients, according to a study published Nov. 8 in the

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  • November 10, 2023
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  • Having diabetes and colon cancer together can raise the risk of dying early, particularly for patients with diabetic complications, a new study shows.

    To arrive at that conclusion, researchers from National Taiwan University examined data for more than 59,000 people from the Taiwan Cancer Registry Database from 2007 to 2015. The database is linked to health insurance and death records.

    Many Americans are behind on recommended colon cancer screenings -- and their doctors often fail to remind them, a new study suggests.

    The study, by the American Cancer Society, focused on a nationwide sample of more 5,000 Americans who were overdue for colon cancer screening. All had been to a routine checkup in the past year, but only about one-quarter said their provider had advised th...

    Colon cancer survivors are living longer than ever, but the vast majority of women treated for the disease have lingering gastrointestinal symptoms, such as bloating and gas, new research reveals.

    Roughly eight years after treatment, 81% of female colon cancer survivors still had GI symptoms, say researchers who analyzed medical data from more than 400 women.

    Severe GI symptoms w...

    A man's cardio fitness might influence whether he'll develop -- or survive -- three of the most common cancers in males, a new Swedish study reports.

    Higher levels of cardio fitness are associated with a significantly lower risk of developing colon and lung cancers, researchers report.

    Cardio fitness also plays a role in a man's likelihood of surviving prostate, colon and lung cance...

    With colon cancer on the rise among younger Americans, researchers are working to figure out why.

    A new study suggests the microbiome — the community of microorganisms in the body — may play a role.

    “Younger people with colorectal cancer have more biologically aggressive cancers and whatever survival benefit they have by being younger is outweighed by the more aggressive tumo...

    Maintaining a healthy weight may be important for reducing the risk of gastrointestinal cancer, a new study suggests.

    The research adds to the evidence that excess weight and weight increases in adulthood increase the risk for colon and other gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

    “In a time when obesity rates are rising globally and 70% of the U.S. population alone is considered overwe...

    Four symptoms could provide early warning of colon cancer in younger adults.

    Being aware of these red flags could lead to earlier detection and diagnosis for those under age 50, said researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

    The telltale symptoms are abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea and iron deficiency anemia.

    The death rate from colon canc...

    Financial stress and work lost to cancer treatment affects patients and their partners alike.

    Partners also experienced pain, fatigue and sleep issues owing to these fiscal worries, a new study found.

    “We know that financial toxicity or hardship is a signifi...

    Tatiana Gonzalez had just quit her job as a postal carrier, and with it the 12 miles a day she walked as she delivered people's mail.

    So Gonzalez, then 39, figured that was why she suddenly became so constipated that she required laxatives to go to the bathroom.

    “I thought to myself, maybe it has to do with because I'm not doing exercise anymore,” she said. “But in a couple of...

    The children of women who took a common anti-nausea drug for pregnancy in the 1960s and 1970s may be at higher risk of colon cancer, according to a new study.

    The drug, dicyclomine, is used to treat spasms caused by irritable bowel syndrome. It was also initially included in Bendectin, a drug prescribed during pregnancy starting in the 1960s to prevent nausea and vomiting.

    “Our fi...

    Colon cancer continues to rise among younger U.S. adults, with the American Cancer Society reporting a doubling of cases in people younger than 55 in about 25 years.

    Also, significantly more Americans are being diagnosed with advanced stages of the disease, the cancer society says.

    As of 2019, 20% of colon cancer cases occurred in adults under age 55 -- up from just 11% in 1995, acc...

    Many people undergo a stool test to screen for colon cancer but a new study finds too few follow up with a colonoscopy when that test warns of a possible cancer.

    Not following up undermines the point of screening, said study-co-author Jeff Mohl, director of research and analytics for the Amer...

    Black patients are more likely than their white peers to need emergency surgery for colon cancer, which increases their risk for complications and death, study authors say.

    "Overall, these results suggest that racial and ethnic differences persist" among colon cancer patients, and "these differences likely contribute to disparities in postoperative outcomes among these groups," said firs...

    Americans are eating more whole grains than ever before -- but it's still not enough.

    Moreover, not everyone agrees on what whole grains actually are, according to a new study that found competing definitions.

    The increase in whole grain intake over the past two decades is either 39.5% or 61.5%, according to researchers from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science ...

    Are you an older man worried about your risk for colon cancer? Eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes may improve your odds of dodging the disease, new research shows.

    “Although previous research has suggested that plant-based diets may play a role in preventing colorectal cancer, the impact of plant foods' nutritional quality on this association has been unclear," said stu...

    Getting regularly scheduled, moderate physical activity can help extend the lives of people with colon cancer, according to a new study.

    Exercise is even helpful for obese cancer patients, reducing inflammation and improving the bacterial communities of the gut's microbiome, the findings showed.

    "Inflammation is a key process that drives colorectal cancer. We know a high BMI [body m...

    The latest statistics from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) show a continuing decline in the number of Americans who die from cancer, although there's been little change in the number of new cancer cases.

    "From 2015 to 2019, overall cancer death rates decreased by 2.1% per year in men and women combined," according to a statement issued by the NCI on Thursday.

    The biggest d...

    Many guys love a breakfast plate piled high with sausages and maybe a sugar-glazed danish on the side. Now, research shows that wolfing down too many ultra-processed foods like these could be bad news for a man's colon.

    Specifically, men who consum...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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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    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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  • 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...

    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...

    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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  • 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 ...

    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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  • 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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  • 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...

    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

    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 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...

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