Colon Cancer

Interventions effectively increase colon cancer screening rates

Interventions effectively increase colon cancer screening rates

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Multi-level interventions can effectively increase rates of colon cancer screening in a primary care setting.

Low-dose aspirin regimen may reduce risk of certain cancers

Low-dose aspirin regimen may reduce risk of certain cancers

A low-dose aspirin regimen was associated with a 3% lower risk of cancer overall.

Coffee intake associated with decreased colon cancer mortality

Coffee intake associated with decreased colon cancer mortality

Drinking four or more cups of coffee per day may significantly decrease mortality in colon cancer patients.

FDA recommends approval of home colon CA test

FDA recommends approval of home colon CA test

DNA analysis of stool boosts accuracy rate of Cologuard to more than 90%, researchers say.

FDA clears video capsule endoscopy device

FDA clears video capsule endoscopy device

The FDA has new modality to detect colon polyps in patients with incomplete optical colonoscopy in whom a complete evaluation of the colon is not technically possible.

Colonoscopy tips from the front lines

Colonoscopy tips from the front lines

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We can empower colonoscopy patients with a few written instructions to help ensure the procedure is safe and has optimal outcomes.

When tests are clearly necessary

When tests are clearly necessary

Two clinicians failed to refer a longstanding patient, even though they knew of a history of familial risk.

Understanding colon cancer screening tests

Understanding colon cancer screening tests

There are four established options and two new ones — DNA markers and virtual colonoscopies. Here are the pluses and minuses of each.

Vitamin D important for more than bone density

Vitamin D important for more than bone density

An estimated 50% of colon cancers and 30% of breast cancers could be prevented with adequate levels of vitamin D.

Morning colonoscopy may detect more

Morning colonoscopy may detect more

Colonoscopy is now the most recommended screening method for colorectal cancer in primary-care offices.

Colorectal cancer rising in younger patients

Colorectal cancer rising in younger patients

Colorectal cancer (CRC) rates have dropped steadily for more than a decade, but younger patients are bucking the trend.

Earlier colorectal cancer screening for African Americans advised

African American patients should begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 45 years rather than age 50.

Colorectal cancer misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids

Colorectal cancer misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids

A new mother presents with common postpartum symptoms. When should clinicians start considering more remote possibilities?

Flu shot creates opportunity for colorectal screening

If one group of practitioners has its way, clinicians may find themselves handing out colorectal cancer screening kits along with immunizations next flu season.

Why do digital rectal exams?

If the DRE is not recommended to screen for prostate or colon cancer, why do we do it?

Positive spin pushes cancer screenings

If you want to effectively encourage African American patients to be screened for colon cancer, accentuate the positive.

Colorectal cancer: Prevention vs. detection

Colorectal cancer: Prevention vs. detection

When it comes to screening, primary-care clinicians are in a position to play a crucial role in helping patients choose the right test for them.

Limit colorectal screening in the elderly?

Limit colorectal screening in the elderly?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is calling for an end to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening for persons older than 85 years and is recommending against routine screening for those aged 76-85 years.

Gastroenterology searches for cause of patient's anemia

Gastroenterology searches for cause of patient's anemia

After looking at the man's history, physical exam, and lab results, colonoscopy was scheduled. Find out what was discovered.

New joint guidelines on colorectal screening and surveillance

The American Cancer Society, U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of Radiology have published joint guidelines on screening and surveillance for early detection of colorectal cancer and adenomatous polyps.

Stop anticoagulants precolonoscopy?

Should patients top taking aspirin or clopidogrel prior to colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy for a healthy patient?

Does a 50-year-old patient with no family history of cancer and no bowel problems need a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy vs. stool testing

How many serial stool guaiac tests would a patient have to have to obtain results equivalent to screening colonoscopy for colorectal cancer?

High vitamin D: Rx for cancer prevention?

Studies show a strong correlation between high vitamin D consumption and reduced risk of two types of cancer. But is it premature to tell patients?

Choosing the best test for colon cancer

There are five to select from, and each has its advantages and drawbacks. Two physician specialist help you sort through the options

Consider colorectal neoplasia in patients with new rectal bleeding

About 10% of patients with new rectal bleeding have colorectal neoplasia.

Too many colonoscopies?

Evidence shows that clinicians recommend post-polypectomy colonoscopies more often than necessary.

Dietary fiber may not lower risk of colorectal cancer

Dietary fiber was not associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer in a pooled analysis of 13 prospective cohort studies.

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