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Black pudding may interfere with cancer screening test
Eating black pudding may interfere with a screening test for colorectal cancer, claim researchers in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ. (2002-12-19)

Researchers release baseline data from randomized colorectal cancer screening trial
A major trial is under way to determine the impact of single screening sigmoidoscopy on colorectal cancer incidence and mortality. Although the trial will take years to complete, outcomes from the recruitment and screening phases of the trial suggest that single screening sigmoidoscopy has a high cancer detection rate and is relatively safe and acceptable to patients. The findings appear in the December 4 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2002-12-03)

Screening the general population for colorectal cancer
Screening to detect cancer of the colon and rectum is one of the most important issues in oncology. The early detection of colorectal cancer is potentially associated with a dramatic reduction in the disease-related mortality. (2002-10-21)

Swallowing a tiny imaging capsule aids in diagnosis of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding
The use of a small wireless capsule video device to detect bleeding in the small intestine is safe, well-tolerated, and more accurate than another common diagnostic approach according to a study presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. (2002-10-21)

Smoking found to be an important risk factor for colorectal polyps
Stony Brook University researchers have identified smoking as a key risk factor for colorectal polyps. Rajeev Attam, M.D., and colleagues analyzed the medical records of 1,566 consecutive patients who had a screening colonoscopy, and they found that the incidence of polyps was higher among current smokers than ex-smokers or non-smokers. The results of the study will be presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. (2002-10-21)

Use of genetic testing for colorectal cancer may increase screening rates
Individuals with a genetic predisposition for colorectal cancer (CRC) were more likely to be screened for the disease, according to a study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's (AACR) first annual Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting. Those carrying the gene alteration were significantly more likely to undergo a colonoscopy (70 percent), compared to those who did not carry the risk-conferring gene alteration (22 percent) and individuals who declined testing (16 percent). (2002-10-17)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, July 16, 2002
Issue highlights include the following articles: (2002-07-15)

New diagnostic faecal test could identify colorectal cancer
Authors of a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET describe a new technique where the detection of a specific protein in faeces could be a marker for colorectal cancer. (2002-05-30)

Study: Katie Couric wakes up America on colonoscopy screening
Colonoscopies in America increased nearly 20 percent after Katie Couric underwent a live, on-air cancer screening, University of Michigan researchers report today. The results show the power of having a celebrity spokesperson for a disease or condition. (2002-05-03)

Support for colorectal cancer screening
Early results of a randomised controlled trial in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggest that a single flexible sigmoidoscopy screening programme offered at around age 60 years could lower the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer. (2002-04-11)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, February 19, 2002
Highlights in this issue include research that indicates second colorectal cancers often develop despite follow-up tests and that blood supply safety varies between developed and developing countries. Also included is a review on identifying and treating a suicidal patient. (2002-02-18)

New medical system for colon cancer screening
Funding from the Office of Naval Research has helped develop a Virtual Colonoscopy procedure that is an accurate, cost-effective, fast, non-invasive, and patient-comfortable procedure for screening of colon polyps, the precursor of cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in America, but the negative perception of the current screening method and the reluctance of the general public to get screened has been a problem. (2002-02-11)

Early promise of non-invasive test for colorectal cancer
A fast-track research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET describes how the detection of a specific mutation in faecal DNA could be a reliable method for identifying a subset of proximal colorectal cancers. If successful, the new assessment, when combined with sigmoidoscopy or other DNA-based tests, could be advantageous over more difficult and expensive techniques such as colonoscopy. (2002-01-31)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, January 15, 2002
Issue highlights include: new recommendations on using aspirin to prevent heart disease, and studies indicating that accurate profiling of physician care depends on study design, and that colonoscopy may be cost effective for young people with rectal bleeding. (2002-01-14)

Virtual colonoscopy as effective at colon cancer screening as standard invasive colonoscopy, SFVAMC study finds
Many older adults dread colon cancer screening, because the most effective test, colonoscopy, is uncomfortable and invasive. A new San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center study shows that a faster, safer and potentially more pleasant technique works just as well. The virtual colonoscopy uses CT scanning to find pre-cancerous polyps. (2001-05-29)

DNA test may improve colon cancer screening accuracy
Mayo Clinic researchers are leading a nationwide clinical trial on a new way to detect colon cancer, according to the February issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. The test, which requires only a stool sample, detects DNA that is shed from precancerous colon polyps and early- stage colon cancer. (2001-01-25)

Researchers find new, more accurate way to detect precancerous and curable-stage colorectal cancer
Mayo Clinic researchers working in collaboration with scientists at EXACT Laboratories, Inc. of Maynard, Mass have developed a new, non-invasive test that was 91 percent sensitive for detecting cancer throughout the colon, according to a study released today in the journal Gastroenterology. Each year, 56,000 people in the United States die from cancer of the colon and rectum. (2000-10-23)

Annals of Internal Medicine, Tip Sheet, October 17, 2000
1) Study Finds Colonoscopy Cost-Effective in Screening for Colorectal Cancer; 2) Smoking is Associated With Kidney Damage; 3) Better Access to Information About Clinical Trials in New Registry on Web (2000-10-16)

Colorectal cancer screening cost effective in increasing life expectancy
Screening for colorectal cancer is as cost effective as other forms of cancer screening, and deaths from colorectal cancer can be significantly reduced with even a single colonoscopy at age 55, according to an article in the October 18 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. (2000-10-16)

New trial will determine best way to detect colon cancer
Researchers at Duke believe they will be able to settle once and for all a long-running medical controversy -- what is the best way of detecting polyps in the colon? Is it the standard air contrast barium enema, the traditional colonoscopy or the newest high-tech option, the virtual colonoscopy? (2000-07-30)

Studies: Sigmoidoscopy fails to show proportion of colon cancers, polyps
Two studies reported in Thursday's (July 20) New England Journal of Medicine support what many doctors already believed -- that colon cancer screening known as sigmoidoscopy fails to detect a substantial proportion of symptom-free cancers and polyps that may turn cancerous. (2000-07-18)

Randomized Contolled Study Shows Neostigmine Is An Effective Treatment For Acute Colonic Pseudo-Obstruction
Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine have performed the first randomized controlled clinical trial showing that a painful and even life- threatening bowel condition called acute colonic pseudo- obstruction can be effectively treated with intravenous neostigmine. (1999-05-25)

Familial Cancer Syndrome Linked to Colorectal Cancer in Younger People
Nearly one-fifth of patients who develop colorectal cancer at a young age (40 and younger) have a family history consistent with a familial colorectal cancer syndrome known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), according to researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. (1999-02-01)

The Visible Humans: Coming Of Age
Since the Visible Human Male and Female were created (in 1994 and 1995 respectively), more than 1,000 agreements have been signed with scientists around the world, to use these amazing computer images of the human body. An October 1st press conference presents some of the most fascinating applications of the Visible Humans, giving us a window on what medicine will be like in the next millennium. Press event: 11:30 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 1. (1998-09-22)

Hutchinson Center To Lead $8 Million Study Of Colorectal And Pancreatic Cancers
Today at the White House, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle will lead an $8 million study into the causes, prevention and early detection of colorectal and pancreatic cancers. The project, funded by the NCI, will study people with pancreatitis and chronic ulcerative colitis, inflammatory diseases that are a major risk factor for the development of pancreatic and colorectal cancers, respectively. (1998-09-10)

New Findings Add To The Debate On Usefulness Of The Most Commonly Used Screening Test For Colon Cancer
Many of the erroneous results from the cheapest and most common screening method for colon cancer are caused by bleeding above the colon, a Duke University Medical Center researcher has found. Such colon cancer screening is often recommended for all Americans over the age of 50. (1998-07-15)

Relatives Of People with Colorectal Polyps Face Increased Risk For Colorectal Cancer
Researchers at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons have discovered that close relatives of individuals who have colon polyps (non-cancerous growths, or adenomas) face as high a risk of developing colorectal cancer as do people who have relatives with colorectal cancer itself. The research is reported in the June 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (1998-05-31)

Virtual Screening For Colon Cancer
Biomedical engineers are using virtual reality imaging to develop a colon cancer screening test that is more comfortable, convenient and less expensive than the standard exam, which many Americans avoid. (1996-09-04)

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