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Is it possible to kill cancer by ‘overfeeding’ it?

Is it possible to kill cancer by ‘overfeeding’ it?

Oxidative stress is a phenomenon that occurs at a cellular level, and which can drive previously healthy cells to deteriorate and eventually die. Cancer often uses oxidative stress to its own benefit, but could this phenomenon be turned against it? Researchers are now investigating whether they can ‘force feed’ cancer to death. Reactive oxygen species […]

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Low vitamin D levels may raise bowel cancer risk

Low vitamin D levels may raise bowel cancer risk

In the largest study of its kind, low levels of vitamin D are linked with a significant increase in colorectal cancer risk. Conversely, higher levels appear to offer protection. Vitamin D and colorectal cancer may be linked. Vitamin D is produced in the skin after contact with sunlight, as well as absorbed in our guts […]

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Aspirin’s anticancer effect explored

Aspirin’s anticancer effect explored

According to new research, aspirin may reduce the risk of bowel cancer. The latest study to investigate this relationship outlines how the popular painkiller might manage this feat. A simple, well-used pill may provide insight into bowel cancer. Aspirin, the cost-effective, relatively safe, over-the-counter painkiller, is commonly taken to treat aches and pains. Also known […]

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Antifungal drug kills dormant colorectal cancer cells

Antifungal drug kills dormant colorectal cancer cells

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the United States. Though various treatments are available for it, certain tumor cells are therapy-resistant. Now, research suggests that an antifungal drug may be effective against these persistent cells. Can itraconazole, an antifungal drug, eliminate therapy-resistant cancer cells and halt tumor progression? The […]

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Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer?

Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer?

Gut microbiota could play a role in the development of colon cancer, a new study reveals. If this is true, then it may, in time, lead to treatments that would arrest the growth of cancerous tumors. Researchers think that some gut bacteria may interact with microRNA in ways that could facilitate the development of colon […]

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Colorectal cancer: Treatment looks set for human clinical trials

Colorectal cancer: Treatment looks set for human clinical trials

A treatment type that uses patients’ own immune cells to attack cancer looks ready for testing in human clinical trials of advanced colorectal cancer. The immunotherapy is almost ready for testing in human participants. In a study paper published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, report how […]

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Two common iron supplements may cause cancer

Two common iron supplements may cause cancer

A new study finds that two iron compounds, which are used in supplements and food additives, raise levels of a cancer biomarker — even when consumed in low amounts. Certain iron supplements may raise the risk of colorectal cancer, a study shows. The new research comes from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, […]

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New colon cancer drugs may arise from protein discovery

New colon cancer drugs may arise from protein discovery

Better treatments for colon cancer may be in sight, thanks to a new study, which reveals new ways in which a single protein could stop the disease in its tracks. Researchers have found new mechanisms by which a protein prevents colon cancer. Researchers found that a protein known as APC can “put the brakes” on […]

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Foods you can eat after a colonoscopy

Foods you can eat after a colonoscopy

The colon or large intestine is a vital part of the digestive tract that needs periodic screenings in older adults. A colonoscopy is a procedure that is carried out to detect any abnormalities in the colon, such as colorectal cancer or polyps that may develop into cancer. Before a person has a colonoscopy, they will […]

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Viagra may cut colorectal cancer risk by half

Viagra may cut colorectal cancer risk by half

New research, now published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, suggests that a small dose of the popular male impotence drug Viagra, when administered daily, may significantly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. A small daily dose of the erectile dysfunction drug may prove invaluable for treating and preventing colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society […]