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New Appropriations Bill is a Win for the Cancer Community

Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate completed action on the Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill, and the president has signed the bill into law. For the first time in almost twenty years, the increase in funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was proportional to the funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Perhaps the most exciting stipulation of the FY2015 bill offers a 50 percent increase in funding for the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP). This makes cancer research a priority for the upcoming fiscal year.

Topics: Colon Cancer News

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Dr. Katrina Roop on Colon Cancer Prevention In a Family Practice Environment

Be Seen, Get Screened's Physician Spotlight Q&A series highlights the work of health care professionals on the front line in the fight against colon cancer. In our latest Q&A, we talked to Katrina Roop, D.O., a family practice physician at the USMD Fort Worth – Alliance Clinic.

Be Seen, Get Screened: Tell us a bit about your professional experience, specifically in regard to colon cancer and colon cancer screening. Does your position as a family practice physician provide any unique challenges or opportunities in caring for your patients?

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Study: Could Testosterone Contribute to Colon Cancer?

New research from the University of Missouri suggests that testosterone, a primary male steroid hormone, could contribute to the formation of cancerous polyps in the colon.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, examined naturally occurring colon cancers in a group of male rats. The lead researchers extracted testosterone from the rats, and reported a significant decrease in the number of colon cancer cases present.

Topics: Colon Cancer News

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Study Examines the Role of Colon Cancer Screening in Modern Healthcare

Experts suggest that we are in the most disruptive and transformative era of health care since the implementation of Medicare in 1966. But what does this period of change and innovation mean for colon cancer screening and the physicians who perform these life-saving procedures?

A new study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences last week examines the new roles of gastroenterologists and other physicians involved in colon cancer screening in the constantly changing health care landscape today.

Topics: Colon Cancer News

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December's Hero of the Month Q&A: Colon Cancer Researcher Charles Rogers, PhD, CHES

Dr. Rogers is pictured second from left

Be Seen, Get Screened's Hero of the Month series highlights the work of inspiring individuals on the front line in the fight against colon cancer. In our latest edition, we talked to Charles Rogers, PhD, CHES, (pictured above, second from left) a post-doctorate fellow at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he specializes in Health Education.

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Study: Osteoporosis Drugs May Prevent Breast, Lung and Colon Cancers

According to two studies led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, the most commonly used medications for osteoporosis worldwide, bisphosphonates, may also prevent certain kinds of lung, breast and colon cancers.

Prior studies demonstrated an association between bisphosphonates and slowed tumor growth in some patients but not others, but the explanation behind these patterns remained unknown.

Topics: Colon Cancer News

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What is a Colon Cleanse? What to Know Before Your Colonoscopy

Most of the anxiety and nervousness surrounding the colonoscopy procedure stems from fear of the necessary preparation, which consists of a thorough colon cleanse. However, armed with the right information and expectations, you should have nothing to worry about.

We talked to patients and physicians about why the colonoscopy bowel preparation is so important, and they gave us some valuable tips and advice to ensure comfort and preparedness going into your colonoscopy procedure.

Why do I need to cleanse my colon before a colonoscopy?

Topics: Colon Cancer Information

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Physician Spotlight Q&A: Talking Geriatric Medicine with Jennifer Arnouville, D.O.

Be Seen, Get Screened's Physician Spotlight Q&A series highlights the work of health care professionals on the front line in the fight against colon cancer. In our latest Q&A, we talked to Jennifer Arnouville, D.O., a geriatric medicine physician at USMD, a health system based in Irving, TX.

Be Seen, Get Screened: Can you tell us a bit about your professional experience, including anything specific in regard to colon cancer screening?

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