Medical News Today: Colorectal Cancer News

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Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, rectal cancer or bowel cancer almost always occurs in the large bowel - cancer of the small bowel is rare. Symptoms of colorectal cancer include blood in your stools, a change in normal bowel habits, a lump that your doctor can feel in your back passage, weight loss, pain in the abdomen or back passage, and anemia. Treatment depends on where the cancer is in the bowel and how far it has spread but may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
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Is it possible to kill cancer by 'overfeeding' it?

June 24, 2018 - 10:00
Cancer thrives on the buildup of 'nutrients' that can damage healthy cells. But can cancer cells have 'too much of a good thing?' Researchers investigate.

Low vitamin D levels may raise bowel cancer risk

June 15, 2018 - 07:00
Pooling data from three continents and multiple studies, researchers find a link between lower vitamin D levels and increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Aspirin's anticancer effect explored

June 7, 2018 - 15:00
The common over-the-counter painkiller aspirin appears to protect against colorectal cancer. A new study uncovers the cellular mechanisms involved.

Antifungal drug kills dormant colorectal cancer cells

June 3, 2018 - 07:00
Dormant tumor cells in colorectal cancer are therapy-resistant, but a new study has found that a drug used to treat fungal infections could eliminate them.

Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

May 31, 2018 - 07:00
Triclosan is a widely used ingredient in household goods. A study in mice shows that it may have a negative impact on gut inflammation and cancer growth.

How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

May 25, 2018 - 19:00
Preparation is important before a colonoscopy. Eating particular foods and stopping certain medications can help doctors to get as clear a view of the colon as possible. In this article, we look at the steps that people should take before having a colonoscopy, along with what to expect during the procedure.

Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer?

May 16, 2018 - 14:00
Could gut bacteria impact the development of colon cancer by interacting with molecules that help to regulate gene expression? A recent study investigates.

Colorectal cancer: Some cells are 'born to be bad'

May 15, 2018 - 16:00
A small study finds that genetic signatures for cell migration and metastasis are already present in early malignant — but not benign — colorectal tumors.

Colorectal cancer: Treatment looks set for human clinical trials

May 3, 2018 - 14:00
An immunotherapy that engineers T cells to target only cancer cells killed tumors and prevented metastases in a mouse model of human colorectal cancer.

Two common iron supplements may cause cancer

April 16, 2018 - 16:00
Researchers find that certain iron supplements — called ferric citrate and ferric EDTA — increase the levels of a cancer biomarker.

New colon cancer drugs may arise from protein discovery

April 3, 2018 - 15:00
Researchers have uncovered new mechanisms by which a protein called APC can prevent colon cancer, a discovery that could lead to new drug treatments.

Foods you can eat after a colonoscopy

March 28, 2018 - 16:00
After having a colonoscopy, a person’s digestive system will require some time to recover. For a couple of days after the procedure, people will need to eat foods that are easy to digest. This article lists some foods that are suitable to eat, as well as those to avoid. It also gives tips for keeping the colon healthy.

Viagra may cut colorectal cancer risk by half

March 21, 2018 - 15:00
A new study in mice finds that a small daily intake of Viagra can reduce the formation of potentially cancerous polyps by 50 percent.

Too much TV may raise men's colorectal cancer risk

March 9, 2018 - 16:00
Men who watch at least 4 hours of TV every day could see their risk of colorectal cancer increase by more than a third, a new study suggests.

Colorectal cancer: The importance of diet

March 9, 2018 - 15:00
Colorectal cancer is a common condition, and an unhealthful diet is a top risk factor. So, what should you eat for prevention and to aid treatment?