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Study: Rise of Young-Onset Colon Cancer Expected to Continue

Although colon cancer incidence rates are decreasing in the above-50 age group due to screening and early detection, a new study shows that the number of cases in patients under 50 are on the rise, and will continue to increase.

The study, published in JAMA Surgery last week, centers on a comprehensive analysis of U.S. National Cancer Institute data from 1975 through 2010. Researchers found that the overall colon cancer rate for Americans fell by about 1 percent each year during that time.

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Can Barbers and Stylists Educate the Public About Colon Cancer Screening?

According to a recent announcement by The Cigna Foundation, the organization will partner with The Maryland Center for Health Equity in the University of Maryland School of Public Health to launch a major health promotion initiative in barber shops and beauty salons in Prince George's County, Maryland, called the Health Advocates In-Reach and Research Campaign, or HAIR.

The program, made possible by a $200,000 World of Difference grant from the Cigna Foundation, intends to encourage colorectal cancer screening among African-Americans in Prince George's County by enlisting local barbers and beauticians who interact with community members on a daily basis.

Topics: Colon Cancer News

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What is a Colonoscopy? Doctors Share Everything You Need to Know

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If you're nearing the age of 50 -- the age at which the American Cancer Society recommends regular colon cancer screening should begin -- you may be wondering: what is a colonoscopy?.

Whether it comes from your doctor's recommendations or through word-of-mouth from family and friends, information about colonoscopy can be confusing and perhaps a little intimidating.

Topics: Colon Cancer Information

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Study: 62% of Colon Cancer Patients Report Financial Burden Due to Treatment

According to new research, nearly two-thirds of patients treated for colon cancer reported that their treatment caused some degree of financial burden.

The study, conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, revealed that the reported colon cancer financial burden was greatest among patients who underwent chemotherapy and younger patients with low-paying lobs.

Topics: Colon Cancer News

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