1 in 21. Those are the current odds for men of developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The odds only slightly improve for women, with the current risk rate at 1 in 23. For people suffering from ulcerative colitis, the risk of developing colon cancer becomes even higher. Fighting this deadly cancer, which is expected … Continue reading Unlocking the potential of biomarkers for colorectal cancer
New recommendations suggest that an aspirin a day could prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent advisory panel composed of medical experts. The USPSTF recommends that patients take daily low-dose aspirin if they are between 50–69 years old, have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and … Continue reading Could an aspirin a day keep cancer (and heart disease) away?
Viruses may play a role in inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a new study. Earlier research linked the diseases to bacteria in the gut. Researchers found that patients with inflammatory bowel diseases had a greater variety of viruses in their digestive systems, indicating viruses may play a role … Continue reading Could viruses contribute to inflammatory bowel diseases?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends annual colon cancer screening for everyone beginning at age 50 until they turn 75. If you’re healthy and in that age range, you might want to learn more about this research project from the Baylor Research Institute. The project is evaluating whether a certain blood test can detect … Continue reading Need a Colonoscopy? Consider this Clinical Trial
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Detecting and preventing colon cancer is not necessarily a pleasant topic to discuss, but it’s an important conversation to have for the health of both men and women as they age, and for those at high risk of getting the … Continue reading WATCH: Stopping Colon Cancer Before It Starts
For some, cancer brings a sense of shock as they climb onto a roller coaster full of emotions. For others who hear the diagnosis, they take a more rational approach and plow forward. When Ms. Betty Hazelwood heard she had colon cancer, she knew she would just have to move on with a sense of … Continue reading “What they always say—just fight it!”
Many of the same habits that can help prevent “the big C” can also aid in warding off a recurrence. For Phil Waigand, a cancer diagnosis wasn’t part of the game plan. In 2009, Wiaigand, now 65, was living his dream, running a therapeutic horseriding program that helps people with disabilities gain greater independence. But … Continue reading 4 Strategies From The “Cancer Survival Guide”
Imagine a world without routine colonoscopies. Because of a new blood test we developed at Baylor Research Institute, this could potentially become a reality. Our team of researchers at the Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Lab has spent the last several years working on the discovery and validation of biomarkers that can facilitate the early detection of … Continue reading New Blood Test Could Eliminate the Need for Screening Colonoscopies
Last year around this time, I met a family who told their doctor that they would like to share their story to help others who might not know about Lynch Syndrome colon cancer, a particular type of colon cancer that had affected many of their relatives. Leana, a married mother of three children, and the … Continue reading Mother and Son Share the Same Lynch Syndrome Diagnosis
It is not unusual for patients to approach Dr. C. Richard Boland, a gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas with concerns that they may have a hereditary form of colorectal cancer. New strategiest are starting to help Dr. Boland and others identify hereditary cancer and fight it. The patients … Continue reading Combating hereditary forms of colon cancer with the Familial Cancer Registry