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Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, rectal cancer or bowel cancer almost always occurs in the large bowel - cancer of the small bowel is rare. Symptoms of colorectal cancer include blood in your stools, a change in normal bowel habits, a lump that your doctor can feel in your back passage, weight loss, pain in the abdomen or back passage, and anemia. Treatment depends on where the cancer is in the bowel and how far it has spread but may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
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'Junk DNA' has role in cancer spread, say scientists

5 hours 38 min ago
Scientists find that parts of DNA once considered to be 'junk' actually instruct cells to make RNA molecules that keep cancer-promoting genes switched on.

Diets 'devoid of vegetable matter' may cause colon cancer

August 14, 2018 - 16:00
Feeding mice a diet rich in a compound that results from the digestion of cabbage and other brassicas protected their gut from inflammation and cancer.

Bowel cancer: Low-calorie soft drinks could reduce recurrence

July 20, 2018 - 15:00
A new study suggests that higher consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks is tied to less chance of recurrence and death in stage 3 bowel cancer.

What does it mean when your poop is stringy?

July 18, 2018 - 13:00
Poop changes, depending on what a person eats, and can sometimes look stringy. Both serious and mild conditions that affect the bowels can cause stringy poop. Medical treatment depends on the underlying cause while poop may change naturally once a person changes their diet. Learn more about stringy poop here.

Targeting one hormone may help treat bowel cancer

July 16, 2018 - 16:00
A new study reveals that p38 protein in myeloid cells promotes gut inflammation and tumor formation with help from a hormone triggered by p38 in the cells.

Is it possible to kill cancer by 'overfeeding' it?

June 24, 2018 - 10:00
Cancer thrives on the buildup of 'nutrients' that can damage healthy cells. But can cancer cells have 'too much of a good thing?' Researchers investigate.

Low vitamin D levels may raise bowel cancer risk

June 15, 2018 - 07:00
Pooling data from three continents and multiple studies, researchers find a link between lower vitamin D levels and increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Aspirin's anticancer effect explored

June 7, 2018 - 15:00
The common over-the-counter painkiller aspirin appears to protect against colorectal cancer. A new study uncovers the cellular mechanisms involved.

Antifungal drug kills dormant colorectal cancer cells

June 3, 2018 - 07:00
Dormant tumor cells in colorectal cancer are therapy-resistant, but a new study has found that a drug used to treat fungal infections could eliminate them.

Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

May 31, 2018 - 07:00
Triclosan is a widely used ingredient in household goods. A study in mice shows that it may have a negative impact on gut inflammation and cancer growth.

How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

May 25, 2018 - 19:00
Preparation is important before a colonoscopy. Eating particular foods and stopping certain medications can help doctors to get as clear a view of the colon as possible. In this article, we look at the steps that people should take before having a colonoscopy, along with what to expect during the procedure.

Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer?

May 16, 2018 - 14:00
Could gut bacteria impact the development of colon cancer by interacting with molecules that help to regulate gene expression? A recent study investigates.

Colorectal cancer: Some cells are 'born to be bad'

May 15, 2018 - 16:00
A small study finds that genetic signatures for cell migration and metastasis are already present in early malignant — but not benign — colorectal tumors.

Colorectal cancer: Treatment looks set for human clinical trials

May 3, 2018 - 14:00
An immunotherapy that engineers T cells to target only cancer cells killed tumors and prevented metastases in a mouse model of human colorectal cancer.