Discovery of a novel gene for hereditary colon cancer
( < i > University of Bonn < /i > ) The formation of large numbers of polyps in the colon has a high probability of developing into colon cancer, if left untreated. The large-scale appearance of polyps is often due to a hereditary cause; in this case the disease can occur in multiple family members. Led by human geneticists of Bonn University Hospital, a team of researchers has discovered a new rare form of hereditary colon cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 28, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

New blood test for colon cancer screening: Questions remain
In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new screening test for colorectal cancer, commonly referred to as colon cancer. This test is unique because it’s blood-based – meaning no more stool samples or the dreaded colonoscopy. Patients can have the test done as part of their annual blood tests, and they don’t have to think twice about it. But what it lacks in discomfort it makes up for in inexactitude. This newly approved test is not as sensitive or as accurate as a colonoscopy or as a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), which can detect hidden blood in stool, potentially indicating colon cancer. ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - July 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Celia Smoak Spell Tags: Cancer Health Health care Prevention Screening Source Type: news

Benign-Appearing Colonic Polyps: Final Pathology ResultsBenign-Appearing Colonic Polyps: Final Pathology Results
Most colon polyps that appear benign but are unresectable by endoscopy are shown to be benign on final surgical pathology, researchers report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - July 15, 2016 Category: Pathology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Incidence of cancer in patients with large colorectal polyps lower than previously thought
For the majority of patients with large or difficult to remove colorectal polyps (growths in the colon), the incidence of cancer is actually lower than previously thought, and using more advanced endoscopic techniques that spare the colon may be a better, safer alternative to a traditional operation in certain cases, according to study results. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Incidence of cancer in patients with large colorectal polyps lower than previously thought
(American College of Surgeons) For the majority of patients with large or difficult to remove colorectal polyps (growths in the colon), the incidence of cancer is actually lower than previously thought, and using more advanced endoscopic techniques that spare the colon may be a better, safer alternative to a traditional operation in certain cases, according to study results published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in advance of print publication. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 30, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Second-gen Capsule Colonoscopy for Detecting Colon PolypsSecond-gen Capsule Colonoscopy for Detecting Colon Polyps
This study evaluated its use in both symptomatic and screening patients. BMJ Open Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - June 23, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Here's Why Men Don't Like Going To The Doctor
Men tend to die earlier than women, are more likely to die from eight out of the ten top causes of death in the U.S. than women, and are also more likely to smoke and drink excessively. Researchers think a mix of factors are involved in men's earlier deaths, including the fact that men tend to take more risks, are less socially connected, and have more dangerous jobs than women. But there's another very simple, easy to fix problem: Men just don't go to the doctor as much as women do.  Men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a 2-year period, according to 2014 survey data collected by the...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

4 Cancer Screening Tests for Men
By Stacy SimonCelebrate the fathers in your life this June by encouraging them to protect their health by getting up to date on cancer screening tests. Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms.Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat.With colon cancer, some screening tests can even help prevent cancer from developing in the first place.Colon cancerMen should start screening at age 50, or earlier if they have a family history of colon or rectal cancer or colon problems that raise their risk.Some screening tests can fi...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - June 2, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Prevention/Early Detection Prostate Cancer Colon/Rectum Cancer Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Skin Cancer - Melanoma Source Type: news

Endoscopic Resection of Large Colorectal PolypsEndoscopic Resection of Large Colorectal Polyps
Does this study tell us anything new about the efficacy and safety of endoscopic resection of large colorectal polyps? Gut (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Sequencing analysis identifies genomic alterations in colorectal precancers
(American Association for Cancer Research) Whole-exome sequencing of both colorectal adenomas (precancers often called polyps) and intestinal mucosa at risk for developing into adenomas from patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) has generated a comprehensive picture of the genomic alterations that characterize the evolution of normal mucosa to precancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Optimal timing of CRC postop colonoscopy studied
LOS ANGELES – The detection rate of significant polyps was highest for the first postoperative surveillance colonoscopies performed at 1 year following curative resection for colorectal cancer,... (Source: Family Practice News)
Source: Family Practice News - May 10, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cancer Screening Tests All Women Should Know About
By Stacy Simon Along with giving Mother's Day gifts and sending greetings this year, encourage the moms in your life to get up to date on cancer screening tests. Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat. With cervical and colon cancers, these tests can even prevent cancer from developing in the first place. Sweeten the deal by offering to help your mom schedule her screening, drive her to and from appointments, and keep her company in the waiting room. These are the American ...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - April 29, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Prevention/Early Detection Breast Cancer Cervical Cancer Endometrial Cancer Colon/Rectum Cancer Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Source Type: news

Colon Polyps and Colon Cancer Risk
Virtually all colon cancer develops from adenomatous polyps in the colon, generally referred to simply as colon polyps. Although polyps don't always become cancerous, a personal or family history of polyps puts you at higher risk for colon cancer. (Source: About.com Colon Cancer)
Source: About.com Colon Cancer - April 26, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: coloncancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Metformin Active in Reducing Colorectal Polyp RecurrenceMetformin Active in Reducing Colorectal Polyp Recurrence
Dr David Kerr reports on a randomized study in which low-dose metformin reduced recurrence of colorectal polyps from 56% to 38%. Is metformin potentially another strategy to prevent colorectal cancer? Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - April 22, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news

Some colon polyps pose greater cancer risk
Stephen FellerDOWNERS GROVE, Ill., April 14 (UPI) -- Flat adenomas can indicate the presence of larger adenomas that have a greater chance of becoming cancerous, according to a recent study in Illinois. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news