Growing up, there were a lot of different directions I saw my life going and versions of what I thought I would be doing at the age of 24. At five, there was nothing I wanted to be more than a NASCAR driver. I would pretend to drive my mom’s sedan in my Jeff Gordon … Continue reading What it’s like to be diagnosed with colon cancer at age 24
Contrary to popular belief, cancer research involves a lot more than studying drugs for chemotherapy. To have the greatest impact in cancer care, we have to target the disease from all angles. Exploring those alternative angles is precisely what you’ll find many of the researchers doing in the lab at Baylor Scott & White Research … Continue reading Colon cancer research gets help from an unlikely source: Grape seeds
We recently shared a look at how research at Baylor Scott & White is helping to crack the code to detect colon cancer earlier. Detection, however, isn’t the only variable to consider where colon cancer is concerned. Once diagnosed with the disease, attention turns to treatment options. For T1 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, in particular, … Continue reading Could this new test change how we treat colorectal cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States (excluding skin cancer). Each year, there are 140,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 50,000 deaths from colon cancer in the U.S. Your lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is between … Continue reading Colon talk: How a screening can save your life
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
Colorectal cancer typically affects older adults, usually over age 50, but according to recent studies, the percentage of colorectal cancer cases in younger patients is increasing. Recommended screenings for men and women are typically initiated at age 50 to find and remove premalignant polyps, and thereby reduce the risk of cancer. We know early screening … Continue reading Why are more people under 50 getting colon 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