Tag Archives: colorectal cancer prevention

Marinating Meat Can Reduce Carcinogens from Grilling

Marinating meat before grilling can reduce some carcinogens that are connected with colon polyps and cancer according to research from Kansas State University. Food technology researchers marinated round steaks in three different commercial marinade mixes containing different spice blends including Caribbean, southwest, and herb.  They then grilled the steaks at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lack of Insurance and Regular Medical Care Influences Colorectal Cancer Screening

Half of Americans over 50 have not been screened for colorectal cancer according to a new survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The 2005 National Health Survey interviewed 31,000 adults, including 13,500 who were over 50.  It found that 50 percent of people over the age of 50 had been screened for colorectal cancer, but the other half had not.  While this was an improvement over the 43 percent screening rate in 2000, it was far from desirable according to the researchers who analyzed the information.

Get Patient-friendly GI News

Digestive Health SmartBrief provides timely information about gastrointestinal problems, including colon and rectal cancer, for consumers.  Sponsored by the American College of Gastroenterology, it includes medically accurate tips for daily life for people with a wide range of GI issues. You can sign up for a free weekly newsletter delivered to your email each Wednesday.  If you include the name of your gastroenterologist, contact information for that doctor will be included in your e-newsletter.  However, it is not necessary to do so. You can read a sample issue here. The HealthBrief does contain advertising. The American College of Gastroenterology also provides patient information on its website, including where to find

Colonoscopy Screening Rates Rise in New York City

Colonoscopy screening increased by 50 percent in New York City in the past five years, with the biggest increase occurring among minorities. Much of the improvement is credited to a coalition of doctors, city officials, union workers, and hospital administrators belonging to the New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition, known as C5. The Coalition adopted a single colorectal cancer screening recommendation:  all people of average risk over the age of 50 have a colonoscopy every ten years.  People with a family history or other risk factors would be screened more often. Funding was available to cover the uninsured. One factor that led to success was using patient navigators to