Colonoscopy Cuts Death Rate By Half, New Study Shows

It’s probably your least favorite cancer test, but a new study finds that the colonoscopy dramatically cuts the death rate from colorectal cancer. A team of researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City found that the death rate from colorectal cancer was cut by 53 percent in patients who had a colonoscopy with removal of precancerous polyps, or small tumors. The evidence was based on 2,602 adults, who had polyps removed during colonoscopies from 1980 to 1990, …

Breakfast Cereal: Fight Cancer With One Bowl A Day

What’s in your bowl? If it’s high-fiber breakfast cereal, it’s helping you cut your risk of colon cancer. Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 are at the highest risk for the disease, the third most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. A new study, published online in the British Medical Journal, looked at the relationship between diets high in whole grains and cereal fiber and the risk of colorectal cancer. The researchers analyzed …

The Takeaway: Aspirin Cuts Bowel Cancer Risk; GPS Shoes For Patients With Dementia

Patients who took 600 mg of aspirin daily for two years were 63 percent less likely to get colorectal cancer than those who took a placebo. New GPS sneakers were designed mainly with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in mind.

The Cancer Screening That 22 Million of You Still Need To Get

Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 are at the highest risk for colon cancer, yet one out of three — about 22 million of you — still haven’t gotten screened for this deadly disease. Many of you have done the right thing, thanks in part to publicity about screening by some well-known TV personalities. As a result, deaths from colon cancer have greatly decreased. As for the other 22 million folks  — well, federal officials at the Centers for …

The Takeaway: Debt Ceiling; Colorectal Cancer; Older Athletes

President Obama rallied Congress yesterday to get back to work on a debt ceiling deal. Last week, I posted a hypothetical from the Bipartisan Policy Center on what could happen to Social Security if lawmakers don’t make the August 2 deadline.