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In our continuing efforts to bring you the latest in evidenced-based health information so that you can be a better informed partner in your healthcare, we give major props to a recent Healio Gastroenterology article that provided an overview of 10 recent updates about colorectal cancer risk and prevention.

We encourage you to follow the links below and read the original Healio Gastro article because, yes, it is that informative. If you have questions about any of these findings, concerned about symptoms, or want to better understand your or a loved one’s risk for developing colorectal cancer, please talk with your doctor.

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Here’s an overview from the Healio Gastro article:

1. Colon cancer often misdiagnosed in young patients

A survey of young-onset colorectal cancer survivors showed that many faced barriers to screening due to their age, and that most were initially misdiagnosed and then diagnosed with late-stage disease. Read more

2. Certain diets increase risk for colorectal cancer

Inflammation-causing diets, or those high in meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, appeared associated with a higher risk for developing colorectal cancer, according to results published in JAMA OncologyRead more

3. Liquid biopsy test detects early-stage colorectal cancer

A test that identifies circulating tumor cells present in the bloodstream accurately detected early-stage colorectal cancer, according to results of a study presented at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. Read more

4. Young-onset colon cancers often genetic despite no family history

One in five patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer younger than age 50 showed an inherited genetic predisposition to the disease, yet more than half of these patients lacked a clinical or family history that would typically indicate the need for genetic testing, according to new research. Read more

5. Ultra-processed foods linked to increased cancer risk

Individuals who ate more “ultra-processed” foods showed a higher risk for cancer in a large prospective study of adults in France, including a borderline trend of increased risk for colorectal cancer. Read more

6. Colon cancer risk linked to nitrate in drinking water, even at ‘safe’ levels

A large epidemiological study published in the International Journal of Cancerreported that nitrate in drinking water, even at low levels, correlated with an increased risk for colorectal cancer. These findings confirmed long-held suspicions that long-term exposure to nitrate — a common groundwater contaminant that primarily originates from agricultural fertilizers — may be linked to cancer risk, according to investigators. Read more

7. Support for Noninvasive Options May Help Boost Colon Cancer Screening

According to experts interviewed for the February issue of Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, the variety of available noninvasive CRC screening options could play a key role helping screen patients who are unwilling or unable to undergo colonoscopy. Read more

8. Colon cancer formation linked to two interacting bacteria strains

Two species of bacteria appear to work together to help the formation of colon cancer in patients with a hereditary form of the disease, according to a pair of new studies published in Cell Host & Microbe and ScienceRead more

9. Addressing research gaps in colorectal cancer key to improve future outcomes

Prioritizing research and funding could have an important impact on the future of colorectal cancer and its effect on society, according to a report published in GutRead more

10. Right-sided colorectal tumors have worse outcomes

Patients with stage III and high-risk stage II colorectal cancer had worse disease-free survival if they had right-sided tumors compared with left-sided tumors, according to results of a study presented at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. Read more

Source: Healio Gastroenterology

Related Resources

ACG Resources
ACG Colorectal Cancer Patient Health Center
ACG Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Recommendations for Physicians and Patients from the U.S. Multi-SocietyTask Force on Colorectal Cancer
ACG Colorectal Cancer Awareness Graphics (print, web, social media)

Patient Advocacy Groups
Fight Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer Alliance