Oncology & Cancer

Q and A: Polyps are possible culprits in colon cancer

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 46 and had my first colonoscopy last month. The doctor said everything looked good, although he removed a few polyps. Can you explain what a colon polyp is and if should I be concerned?

Oncology & Cancer

Gut bacteria might be an indicator of colon cancer risk

A study published today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe reported that the increased presence of certain bacteria in a gut biome indicates a greater likelihood that colon polyps will become cancerous.

Oncology & Cancer

Evaluating colonoscopy retroflexion in practice

A colonoscopy maneuver to better detect polyps in the right colon is often poorly preformed in practice, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in BMC Gastroenterology. This finding and other recommendations ...

Oncology & Cancer

Blood-based colon cancer screen shows promise

If caught early, nearly all cases of colon cancer are curable. Though this should make screening tests straightforward, colon cancer screening suffers from a paradoxical combination of low compliance rates and overdiagnosis.

Oncology & Cancer

What you need to know about polyps in your colon

Perhaps one of the most dreaded parts of turning 50, is having to get a colonoscopy. While regular colon screening can be uncomfortable, Dr. John Kisiel, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, says this screening is a crucial ...

Oncology & Cancer

Colon polyp type may be key to cancer risk

(HealthDay)—The type of colon polyp that's spotted during a colonoscopy may help predict the likelihood of colon cancer, new research shows.

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