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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 […]

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Too much TV may raise men’s colorectal cancer risk

Too much TV may raise men’s colorectal cancer risk

Men prone to binge-watching their favorite TV shows may want to take note of the results of a new study. It revealed that such behavior could increase their risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers suggest that more than 4 hours of TV daily could increase men’s colorectal cancer risk. Researchers found that men who watched TV […]

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Colorectal cancer: The importance of diet

Colorectal cancer: The importance of diet

Colorectal cancer is quite common, especially among the aging population. An important risk factor for colorectal cancer is diet, and dietary choices are also vital during and after treatment. In this Spotlight, we give you an overview of which diets are best, and which are best avoided. What does a good diet for preventing colorectal […]

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How do you stop smelly farts?

How do you stop smelly farts?

Passing gas, especially very smelly gas, can be an embarrassing problem. Fortunately for anyone who experiences smelly gas, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the problem. In most cases, it is natural and healthy for a person to experience intestinal gas. An average person will pass gas multiple times per day. It […]

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Calcium and vitamin D supplements may raise risk of polyps

Calcium and vitamin D supplements may raise risk of polyps

Analysis of data from a large trial has found evidence that using calcium supplements — with and without vitamin D — may raise the risk of developing certain types of polyp, or precancerous growths, in the colon or rectum up to 10 years after starting to take supplements. It was found that taking calcium supplements, […]

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Colon cancer: Could proinflammatory diets raise risk?

Colon cancer: Could proinflammatory diets raise risk?

New research published in the journal JAMA Oncology explores the link between inflammation-inducing diets and the risk of developing colon cancer. According to new research, refined grains — such as the ones used to make pasta — and vegetables such as tomatoes have high levels of proinflammatory markers. The study was led by Fred K. […]

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Could this experimental ‘recipe’ fight colon cancer?

Could this experimental ‘recipe’ fight colon cancer?

Researchers are experimenting with engineered probiotics and cruciferous vegetables in an effort to pave the way to a more effective weapon against colorectal cancer. A ‘cocktail’ of engineered probiotics and broccoli could be the next step in the fight against colon cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deem colorectal cancer the third […]