Ten key facts about colorectal cancer in the United States in 2014.
Colon Cancer Research News
In this interview, Rebecca Siegel, MPH, director of surveillance information at the American Cancer Society, gives insights into what the key takeaways are from Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2014-2016 and Colorectal Cancer Statistics, 2014.
To strengthen colon cancer prevention efforts, Mary (Nora) Disis , M.D., a researcher at the University of Washington, is trying to create a vaccine that could help a person’s immune system ward off the formation of colon cancer.
Two recent studies led by American Cancer Society researchers have found that death rates from colorectal cancer remain higher in certain parts of the U.S. compared with the rest of the country and represent major areas of opportunity for applying the best-known strategies for reducing the colorectal cancer burden. Learn more here.
Bacteria aren’t all bad. Research is increasingly showing that many of the bacteria living in the human body – there are trillions of them – are actually really good for people. One important role for these gut bacteria: helping to keep the colon clean.
The chances of surviving colorectal cancer (CRC) that has already spread to other parts of the body by the time it is diagnosed are much better today than they were in the late 1990s – but only for certain racial, ethnic, and age groups in the United States.
Not only can diabetes cause heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, and eye issues, but recent research now shows there is also a clear link between type 2 diabetes and colon cancer.
American Cancer Society grantee Annette E. Maxwell, DrPH, from the University of California, Los Angeles, is working to reduce cancer disparities by increasing colon cancer screening, and she’s getting results.
Researchers know that obesity is linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. But they are less clear about exactly why. One theory has to do with changes in the way the body processes iron when a person is obese. Learn more here.
While many Americans in general are not getting the recommended colon cancer screenings, there are certain groups that are lagging behind more than others. Here is what 5 American Cancer Society-funded researchers are doing to increase colon cancer screening rates in populations that are struggling most.
Colorectal cancer is currently one of only a handful of cancer types that can actually be prevented by getting a screening test. But about 1 in 3 American adults who need to be screened are not doing so. Jennifer Weiss, M.D., a researcher and physician at the University of Wisconsin, is working on a solution to this problem.