16,000 US Lives Saved Due to Colorectal Cancer Screening

Between 2003 and 2007, there were 32,000 fewer deaths from colorectal cancer in the United States. At least half of the drop was due to improved colorectal cancer screening rates according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, to fewer deaths, 66,000 people didn’t get colorectal cancer at all during the same four…  Read More

CDC Says Black Men Have Highest Rates of Colorectal Cancer

In 2007, 62 out of every 100,000 black men in the United States were diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, the highest rate of colorectal cancer of any US group. Overall, men were more likely to get colorectal cancer than women — almost 53 of every 100,000 American males compared to 40 per 100,000 females. Reporting…  Read More

Over a Million Colorectal Cancer Survivors in the US

Among the nearly 12 million US cancer survivors, there are 1.1 million who have been diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer. The number of all US cancer survivors has increased steadily from about 3.8 million in 1971 to 9.8 million in 2001 to 11.7 million in 2007. More than half of survivors had colorectal, breast, or…  Read More

Screening Rates Creep Up . . . But Leave Many Behind

Overall, colorectal cancer screening rates were higher in 2008 than in 2006. By 2008 almost 2 of every 3 Americans over the age of 50 had either had a fecal occult blood test in the past year or sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy within the past ten years. Health insurance made a huge different with two-thirds (66.6 percent)…  Read More

Four-Fold Increase In Salmonella Infections Traced to One Egg Producer

Check the eggs in your refrigerator! The FDA, collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Agriculture, and state health departments, have traced a nationwide spike in Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) infections to a single firm in Iowa. Eggs shipped from Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa after May 16,2010 have been recalled. The CDA…  Read More

Watch Out for Salsa!

A growing number of foodborne illnesses are tied to salsa and guacamole dips, according to a just-reported CDC study. The popular dips that combine chopped raw veggies and herbs have been implicated in 1 in 25 outbreaks of food poisoning since 1998. Most of the problem has been in restaurants and delis where 84 percent of…  Read More