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Every year, about one million new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed worldwide. About 150,000 new cases are detected each year in the United States. Over a lifetime, about 1 in 19 people develop colon cancer and nearly 50,000 people are expected to die from it in the U.S. this year. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., accounting for about 10 percent of all cancer deaths.
Lawson researchers find radiation-resistant stem cell population in the colon linked to cancer growth

Lawson researchers find radiation-resistant stem cell population in the colon linked to cancer growth

Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute have identified a new stem cell population in the colon linked to cancer growth. The findings, which were recently published in the prominent journal Cell Stem Cell, will significantly change the way we study and treat colon cancer. [More]
Percentage of female authorship in gastroenterology journals remains lower than expected

Percentage of female authorship in gastroenterology journals remains lower than expected

The percentage of U.S. female physician authors of original research in major gastroenterology journals has grown over time, yet the percentage of women in the senior author position remains lower than expected based on the proportion of female gastroenterologists in academia. [More]
Research shows how social network analysis can help identify cancer biomarkers

Research shows how social network analysis can help identify cancer biomarkers

The advent of online social networks has led to the rapid development of tools for understanding the interactions between members of the network, their activity, the connections, the hubs and nodes. But, any relationships between lots of entities, whether users of Facebook and Twitter, bees in a colony, birds in a flock, or the genes and proteins in our bodies can be analyzed with the same tools. [More]
PanCuRx initiative to reduce pancreatic cancer fatality rate receives $4.6 million investment from OICR

PanCuRx initiative to reduce pancreatic cancer fatality rate receives $4.6 million investment from OICR

Dr. Tom Hudson, President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) today announced OICR is investing $4.6 million over two years in PanCuRx, an initiative that seeks solutions to the high fatality rate of pancreatic cancer. [More]
Cancer genetic counselor helps patients make sense of genetics and statistics

Cancer genetic counselor helps patients make sense of genetics and statistics

Cancer was the second leading cause of death in the United States in 2013 and the American Cancer Society expects almost 10,000 new cases in New Mexico this year. [More]
Mistakes in mismatch repair genes may accurately predict response to certain immunotherapy drugs

Mistakes in mismatch repair genes may accurately predict response to certain immunotherapy drugs

In a report of a proof-of-principle study of patients with colon and other cancers for whom standard therapies failed, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say that mistakes in so-called mismatch repair genes, first identified by Johns Hopkins and other scientists two decades ago, may accurately predict who will respond to certain immunotherapy drugs known as PD-1 inhibitors. Such drugs aim to disarm systems developed by cancer cells to evade detection and destruction by immune system cells. [More]
MIT, UCSD researchers use probiotics to detect cancer in the liver

MIT, UCSD researchers use probiotics to detect cancer in the liver

Engineers at MIT and the University of California at San Diego have devised a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver, by enlisting help from probiotics — beneficial bacteria similar to those found in yogurt. [More]
RPCI researchers develop individualized post-operative survival calculator for colon cancer patients

RPCI researchers develop individualized post-operative survival calculator for colon cancer patients

Roswell Park Cancer Institute researchers have developed an accurate, individualized post-operative survival calculator and integrated the technology into a mobile application compatible with smartphone technology for oncologists and patients diagnosed with colon cancer. Information about the calculator will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 51st Annual Meeting in Chicago. [More]
Study finds new colon cancer screening as promising alternative to colonoscopy for African Americans

Study finds new colon cancer screening as promising alternative to colonoscopy for African Americans

In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, physician-scientists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that a new non-invasive technology for colon cancer screening is a promising alternative to colonoscopy for African Americans. [More]
Information needs of cancer survivors differ depending on the type of cancer

Information needs of cancer survivors differ depending on the type of cancer

Judging by the nature and topics of their information seeking, cancer patients' information needs appear to differ depending on the type of cancer they have and where they are in their survivorship. [More]
Walnut-enriched diet may slow colorectal tumor growth

Walnut-enriched diet may slow colorectal tumor growth

A new animal study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, led by Dr. Christos Mantzoros, indicates that a diet containing walnuts may slow colorectal tumor growth by causing beneficial changes in cancer genes. [More]
Removing bacterial biofilms could help prevent and treat colon cancers, study suggests

Removing bacterial biofilms could help prevent and treat colon cancers, study suggests

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has uncovered a big clue to how bacteria may promote some colon cancers. [More]
International study finds that two-week diet swap for African-Americans may lower colon cancer risk

International study finds that two-week diet swap for African-Americans may lower colon cancer risk

African-Americans and Africans who swapped their typical diets for just two weeks similarly exchanged their respective risks of colon cancer as reflected by alterations of their gut bacteria, according to an international study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in Nature Communications. [More]
Dramatic effects on colon cancer risk for Americans and Africans when diet swapped

Dramatic effects on colon cancer risk for Americans and Africans when diet swapped

Scientists have found dramatic effects on risk factors for colon cancer when American and African volunteers swapped diets for just two weeks. [More]
Check-Cap announces Notice of Allowance from USPTO for endoscopy capsule technology

Check-Cap announces Notice of Allowance from USPTO for endoscopy capsule technology

Check-Cap Ltd., a clinical stage medical diagnostics company engaged in the development of a preparation-free ingestible imaging capsule that utilizes low-dose X-rays for the screening for colorectal cancer, today announced receipt of a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for patent application U.S. 13/825,018 entitled, "Estimation of Distances and Size of Lesions in the Colon with an Imaging Capsule." [More]
Researchers provide new clues, mechanisms to understand functions of 'rebel' DNA in cancer

Researchers provide new clues, mechanisms to understand functions of 'rebel' DNA in cancer

Genes usually always be expressed as in Western writing: from left to right on the white canvas of our DNA. So when we speak of the activity of our genome, in fact we are referring to the expression of genes in this sense of the double-stranded DNA. [More]
Allele-specific lncRNA regulates cancer metabolism

Allele-specific lncRNA regulates cancer metabolism

Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) are unusual in that they don't encode proteins like normal RNA. Yet they do play a role in regulating cellular functions and interest cancer researchers. [More]
MGH researchers find probable mechanism associated with risk of developing serious diseases

MGH researchers find probable mechanism associated with risk of developing serious diseases

Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have found the probable mechanism underlying a previously described biomarker associated with the risk of developing serious diseases ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease and the risk of serious complications. In a paper published in the American Journal of Hematology, the research team reports finding that higher levels of a measure routinely taken as part of the complete blood count - the extent of variation in the size of red blood cells - is caused by reduced clearance of aging cells from the bloodstream. [More]
Aspirin use continues to surge among older adults in US

Aspirin use continues to surge among older adults in US

A national survey suggests that slightly more than half of the older adults in the United States are now taking a daily dose of aspirin, even though its use is not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for most people who have not yet had a heart attack or stroke. [More]
Two UC Davis researchers awarded grant to help improve surveillance for patients with small lung nodules

Two UC Davis researchers awarded grant to help improve surveillance for patients with small lung nodules

Two UC Davis researchers will help run a major national study to improve surveillance practices for patients with small lung nodules identified on CT imaging and extremely low risk for lung cancer. [More]
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