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Colorectal Cancers: Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal Cancers: Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal cancer remains one of the most curable cancers—if it’s detected early. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently renewed its advice stating that screening for colorectal cancers should begin at age 50 and continue to at least age 75.

For people age 76 to 85, the USPSTF noted that

Editor’s Note: Healthy Resolutions: 2014

Items related to health and well-being appear on many lists of New Year’s resolutions. Here is a simple list of “to-do’s” to help you take optimum care of your health in 2014:

First, be sure that all your screening tests are up to date—mammogram, colonoscopy, skin and gynecologic exams. Also, a

Protect and Check Your Skin to Lower Your Cancer Risk

While the sun may lift your mood and give you what you think is “healthy” color, a tan is actually visible proof that your skin has been harmed. That harm can result in skin cancer, and one in five Americans will develop the disease during his or her lifetime.

“The sun’s

Colorectal Cancer Has a High Cure Rate If It’s Detected Early

A recent report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) indicates that colorectal cancer rates, and the rate of death from the disease, have fallen in people age 50 and older. ACS experts conclude that the declines are probably due to increased screening for the disease.

Several screening methods are available, with

Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward

Life-Saving Advice: Get Screened Before Bowel Cancer Symptoms Occur

Life-Saving Advice: Get Screened Before Bowel Cancer Symptoms Occur

In the United States, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon (large intestine) and rectum—is the third-most common type of cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death. The vast majority of these cancers are adenocarcinomas, which usually develop from growths of tissue (polyps) known as adenomas on the inner lining of

Coffee Drinkers at Reduced Odds of Colorectal Cancer

More evidence that coffee—once thought of as bad for you—is not only safe in typical amounts but might actually help protect your health comes from a new study of colorectal cancer risk. Researchers compared 5,145 patients who had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer within the past six months with a

Don’t Let Inflammatory Bowel Disease Restrict Your Activities

Severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloody stools: These are just three of many manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Although these symptoms can be uncomfortable and disruptive, most people are able to keep their disease in check. In fact, chances are good that you know someone with IBD, but you don’t know

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