Tag Archives: colorectal

Familial risk of colorectal cancer: the genes only tell part of the story

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world. Researchers currently assume that the disease is 35 percent hereditary. The main risk factors include a family history of the disease. In recent years, researchers have also identified around 100 tiny gene variations that are widespread in the population (single nucleotide polymorphisms – SNPs)… Read More »

Colorectal cancer screening before age 50?

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. There is strong evidence that screening for CRC with colonoscopy, other visual exams, or stool-based tests can reduce CRC mortality. As a result, several expert organizations have long recommended regular CRC screening for US adults ages 50 to 75. In… Read More »

Can Daily Consumption of Meat Increase Colorectal Cancer Risk?

For some time, cancer organizations have recommended diets that limit processed and red meat because consumption of these foods is linked to cancer. Now, a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology reveals that even folks who follow guidelines may have a slightly increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, reports Cancer Research UK.… Read More »

High-dose vitamin D shows benefit in patients with advanced colorectal cancer

Results of a small clinical trial suggest that supplementing chemotherapy with high doses of vitamin D may benefit patients with metastatic colorectal cancer by delaying progression of the disease, say scientists from Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Prompted by the “very encouraging” results of the Sunshine clinical trial, the potential benefits of vitamin D supplementation in metastatic… Read More »