Colon/Rectum Cancer

Can Aspirin Prevent Cancer?

You may have seen studies in the news suggesting that aspirin may be helpful in preventing cancer. But you should not use aspirin on a regular basis without first checking with your health care provider.

ACS Report: Number of US Cancer Survivors Expected to Exceed 20 Million by 2026

A new report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to more than 20 million by 2026.

4 Cancer Screening Tests for Men

Celebrate the fathers in your life this June by encouraging them to protect their health by getting up to date on cancer screening tests.

Cancer Screening Tests All Women Should Know About

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.

Task Force Releases Recommendations on Aspirin to Prevent Colon Cancer, Heart Disease

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published new recommendations about aspirin to help prevent cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) and colorectal cancer (commonly called colon cancer).

Colon Cancer Screening: What Are the Options?

No one looks forward to a colonoscopy, or the bowel prep that goes with it. But colon screening – testing to look for cancer before symptoms start – helps saves lives.

Annual Report to the Nation: Cancer Death Rates Still Dropping

The death rate from cancer in the United States is continuing the decline that began in the early 1990s, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

Six Ways to Lower Your Risk for Colon Cancer

There is no sure way to prevent developing colon cancer, but there are things you can do that may lower your risk. Learn more about protecting your colon health here.

Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Ideally, people are tested for colon cancer before they ever experience symptoms. Symptoms usually only appear after the cancer has grown or spread.

World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer.

FDA Approves Lonsurf for Advanced Colorectal Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new form of chemotherapy for people with advanced colorectal cancer that has stopped responding to other treatments.

ACS Releases Long-term Care Guidelines for Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society has released its first ever Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Care Guidelines to help colon and rectal cancer survivors and their primary care providers better manage their long-term care.

The Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

Most people know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems. But not everyone knows that one of those health problems may be cancer.

Colon Cancer Cases Rising Among Young Adults

Thanks in part to improvements in screening, the rates of new colon and rectal cancer diagnoses have been falling in the United States for people ages 50 and older. But for people under 50, for whom routine screening is not recommended, rates seem to be increasing significantly.

Achieving 80% by 2018 Screening Goal Could Prevent 200,000 Colon Cancer Deaths in Less Than 2 Decades

Increasing screening rates to 80% by 2018 would prevent 277,000 new cases of colon cancer and 203,000 deaths within 20 years, according to a new study.

Study: Following American Cancer Society Guidelines Works

A study of nearly a half-million people has found that sticking to the American Cancer Society’s healthy behavior guidelines is linked with a lower risk of getting cancer, dying from cancer, and dying overall.

Stool DNA Testing for Colon Cancer

A new type of non-invasive test to check for colon cancer is available now, and may appeal to people who want to be screened, but don’t want to undergo the usual preparation required for a colonoscopy and some other screening tests.

Half of Premature Colon Cancer Deaths Linked to Disparities

American Cancer Society researchers have found that half of all premature colon cancer deaths in the U.S. are linked to racial, socioeconomic, and geographic inequalities.

Study Shows Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Effective for Colon Cancer Screening

A team of researchers led by doctors in Norway has found that screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy, one of the colon screening tests recommended by the American Cancer Society, reduced the rates of colon cancer diagnoses and deaths compared to no screening.

Volunteers: Motivated to Help Others

Many cancer survivors are moved by their own experience to help others facing diagnosis and treatment. Find inspiration and hope in these stories of volunteers who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Experimental Colon Cancer Tests Pass FDA Panel Review

A committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided the benefits outweigh the risks of 2 experimental tests that look for certain DNA changes (mutations) in cells that can cause colon cancer.

Organizations Commit to Goal of 80% Colon Cancer Testing Rate by 2018

Health-related organizations commit to increase the nation’s colon cancer testing rate to 80% by the year 2018 to help reduce colon cancer incidence and death rates. Learn more here.

Report: More Colon Testing Leads to 30% Drop in Cancer Rates

The rate at which people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the US has dropped 30% in the last 10 years due to more people getting recommended screening tests. Learn more here.

Details of Preparing for a Colon Screening Test

The idea of testing and preparation is unpleasant for many people and may discourage them from getting recommended life saving tests. Learn more about preparing for a colon screening test here.

White House Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The White House has issued a proclamation signed by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation encourages Americans to discuss colon cancer with their doctors and get recommended screening tests.

FDA Clears Camera-in-a-Pill for People Who Could Not Complete Colonoscopy

A pill that can take pictures of the inside of the colon is now available for people who have not been able to complete a colonoscopy.

About a Third of US Adults Not Getting Colon Cancer Screenings

About one-third of US adults who should be getting screened for colon cancer aren’t getting screened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Colon Cancer Researcher Wins Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Recently, a researcher who made many of the groundbreaking discoveries that led to current colon cancer screening guidelines was honored by a new prestigious award.

Colon Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: What You Need to Know

Over the past few decades, more people have been surviving colon cancer, and fewer people have been dying from it.

Studies Show Effectiveness of Colon Screenings with Easier Preparation

Two recent studies found colon screenings that require a less intensive preparation than a colonoscopy are useful in finding pre-cancerous polyps, or growths.

Some Smokers Diagnosed with Cancer Don’t Quit

For many smokers, a cancer diagnosis motivates them to quit. But researchers report that a “substantial minority” of lung and colon cancer patients are still smoking 5 months after their diagnosis.

Removing Polyps Prevents Colon and Rectal Cancer Deaths

A new study shows that removing polyps found during colonoscopies prevents deaths from colon and rectal cancer.