Hormone Replacement Therapy Reduces Colorectal Cancer Risk

Women in Israel who used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during and after menopause had about a 63 percent reduced risk of getting colon or rectal cancer. However, those women who were active in sports or who took aspirin regularly didn’t benefit from HRT.

Lawsuit Demands Warning Label on Hotdogs

The Cancer Project has filed suit against five hot dog makers to require them to put cancer-risk warning labels on hot dog packages. The labels would read “Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer.” The suit, filed on behalf of three New Jersey residents, is a class action consumer fraud…  Read More

Test of Vaccine Against Colon Cancer Underway

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh are testing a vaccine to recognize a protein in colon polyps and trigger the immune system to destroy them. MUC1 is a protein found in precancerous colorectal polyps and in colon cancer. The experimental vaccine causes the body’s immune system to develop antibodies against MUC1, killing tissue that contains it…  Read More

Two Colonoscopies Better at Predicting Future Polyp Risk

Results from two colonoscopies three years apart gave better information about whether a high-risk polyp would be found on a third exam than results from the second test alone. Even if a second colonoscopy, done three years after the first, showed no adenomas at all, 8 in 100 study participants with high-risk polyps on their first…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer Rates Increasing Worldwide

As nations develop economically and adopt more Western diet and lifestyle, colorectal cancer increases.  In fact, the United States is the only nation in the world where colorectal cancer incidence rates are falling for both men and women. Over the past 20 years, colorectal cancer rates have risen in 27 of 51 countries including Eastern Europe,…  Read More

Colon and Rectal Cancers Increasing in Young People

Although the numbers of new colon and rectal cancers have been steadily declining in people over 50, the rate of newly diagnosed cancer is increasing in young adults from 20 to 49  in the United States. The increase is primarily driven by rectal cancer in non-Hispanic whites where there was an average annual increase of 3.5…  Read More