By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2017 16 Comments
    How Good Is Aspirin Against Cancer in New Study?

    In 1993 we published a book with Tom Ferguson, MD, called The Aspirin Handbook (Bantam Books). In it we pointed out that there was an impressive amount of research supporting the beneficial effects of…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Colorectal Cancer Is Killing More Young Adults

    Researchers are reporting that colorectal cancer is killing an increasing number of American adults under 55. The death rate has risen noticeably since the mid 1990s. Colorectal Cancer Is Killing Whit…

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2017 5 Comments
    Can Curcumin in Turmeric Fight Pancreatic Cancer…

    Pancreatic cancer is a challenging disease. The American Cancer Society puts one-year survival rates around 20%. Five-year survival is roughly 8%. That compares to five-year survival for prostate, thy…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2017 6 Comments
    Nordic Diet vs. Dementia

    The Mediterranean diet gets all the headlines. It is supposed to be good for your heart, your brain and just about everything else that ails you. Ask almost any health professional about the healthies…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 3 Comments
    Why You Should Exercise and Eat Right, Now

    We've all been told that we should exercise and eat right. Research to be reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting shows that a healthy lifestyle matters. That's true even after a…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Younger People Now at Risk for Colon Cancer?

    The rates of rectal and colon cancer have been declining for decades. That may be in part because of screening through colonoscopies. Most such cancers occur in middle-aged and older people. The usual…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2016 6 Comments
    Common Pain Relievers (NSAIDs) Vs. Colorectal Ca…

    Investigators writing in the BMJ (Dec. 5, 2016) report that a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen reduces the risk of colorectal cancer. So does aspirin. NSAIDs and Colon Polyp…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 10 Comments
    How Does a Colonoscopy Affect Microbes of the Di…

    Colorectal cancer takes quite a toll on Americans, killing more than 50,000 adults each year (CDC, June 20, 2016). Gastroenterologists recommend periodic colonoscopy for early detection and prevention…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 2 Comments
    Staying Active Can Help Prevent Chronic Health P…

    Exercise remains one of the most powerful interventions for promoting health and preventing disease. An article in the BMJ reviewed 174 studies published over 25 years. The scientists evaluated the am…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2016 34 Comments
    How to Keep Cancer from Spreading by Taking Aspi…

    Cancer remains our number two killer, just behind heart disease. Far too many people die each year from cancer of the breast, prostate, colon and lung. What can be done to prevent tumors or keep cance…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2015 12 Comments
    Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements Failed in Canc…

    Previous research suggested that high levels of vitamin D would protect people against colorectal cancer. People with high blood levels of this hormone/vitamin were more likely to survive. A big obser…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 3 Comments
    Dried Plums Against Colon Cancer

    Dried plums, also known as prunes, are famous for their effects as a remedy for constipation. Now researchers working with rats have found that a diet rich in dried plums also appears to reduce the r…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2015 6 Comments
    Genes Determine Whether Aspirin or Ibuprofen Can…

    Regular use of aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can protect against colorectal cancer, but not everyone benefits from this effect. Why Not Take Aspirin for Cancer Prevention? …

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2015 3 Comments
    Vitamin D Aids Cancer Survival

    Researchers at the American Society of Cancer Oncology report that clinical trial participants with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer fared better if they had higher blood levels of vitamin D. The pat…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2014 9 Comments
    More Colonoscopies Linked to Reduced Rate of Col…

    Over the last decade, colon cancer rates have dropped dramatically. This comes with a corresponding increase in colonoscopies, especially among people between 50 and 75 years old. Medicare covers colo…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2014 5 Comments
    New DNA Stool Test May Help Detect Colon Cancer

    As many as one third of Americans may forego a colonoscopy because they consider it embarrassing or uncomfortable. Home stool tests could provide a different type of detection for colorectal cancer. A…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2014 4 Comments
    New Home Test Helps Detect Colon Cancer Early

     People are advised to have periodic colonoscopies to detect colorectal cancer early. This is the second leading cause of cancer death but it can be treated successfully if caught early enough. The p…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2013 6 Comments
    Should We Blame Colon Cancer on the Intestinal B…

    The bacteria that inhabit our intestines have a huge impact on our health. The most recent revelation is that people with colon cancer have a different mix of bacteria than healthy volunteers, with mo…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2013 11 Comments
    Colonoscopy Need Not Be Frequent to Reduce Risk …

    Colonoscopy is the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. Doctors scrutinize the colon for abnormal growths and remove any polyps that are found. Some have questioned the value of this procedure, b…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2013 8 Comments
    Aspirin May Ward Off Colon Cancer

    Low dose aspirin may help prevent colon cancer in women. Numerous studies have suggested that regular aspirin use has a protective effect against a number of different kinds of cancers. The dose, howe…

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2013 3 Comments
    Do Bacon and Steak Raise Risk for Colon Cancer?

    Men who choose green tea and broccoli for the benefit of their prostate glands might also want to pass on the burgers and hot dogs. A new study from the American Cancer Society followed more than 184,…

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2012 2 Comments
    Aspirin Boosts Colon Cancer Survival

    Evidence keeps accumulating that aspirin can help prevent certain cancers. Now a study from the Netherlands shows that colon cancer patients taking low-dose aspirin have improved survival. The researc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2012 5 Comments
    Eat More Fish!

    Adding more fish to your diet might lower your risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new meta-analysis. The researchers reviewed 41 studies in which fish consumption had been recorded. People who …

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2012 0 Comments
    Aspirin Linked to Colon Cancer Survival

    An aspirin study from the Netherlands suggests that aspirin may actually improve survival in patients with colon cancer. Almost 4,500 people were included in the study that spanned nearly a decade. Of…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2012 8 Comments
    Colonoscopy Prevents Colon Cancer

    Colonoscopy can save lives. Most people dread cleansing their colons in preparation for a colonoscopy in which a physician visually examines the colon for polyps or other signs of cancer. A new study …

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2012 2 Comments
    Eating Fish Protects Against Polyps

    Eating fish at least three times a week may reduce the risk of a common digestive tract cancer. Scientists at Vanderbilt compared cases of people who had colonoscopies. The individuals in the study an…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2011 2 Comments
    Do Bone Drugs Lower Risk of Colon Cancer?

    The osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates have been controversial because of reports that they are linked to unusual complications such as jaw bone death and atypical thigh fractures. Other side e…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2010 2 Comments
    Low-Dose Aspirin Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer

    Aspirin might be the cheapest way to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Researchers have known for a long time that low-dose aspirin can lower the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Now t…

    By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2010 3 Comments
    Bacterial Balance Linked to Colon Cancer

    Colon cancer might be a matter of gut ecology. We all have billions of bacteria living in our intestines. For the most part, when we have enough good bacteria they work hard for us. But scientists at …

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2010 0 Comments
    Statins Strike Out against Colon Cancer

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs don't reduce the risk of colon cancer after all. Previous preliminary research suggested that the anti-inflammatory action of these drugs might act as a preventi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2010 0 Comments
    Vitamin D Protects Against Colorectal Cancer

    Another European study suggests that the higher your levels of vitamin D the lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer. The EPIC study, which stands for European Prospective Investigation into C…

    By: Terry Graedon August 14, 2009 1 Comments
    Aspirin Aids Survival from Colorectal Cancer

    Aspirin has once again shown it is the best bargain in the pharmacy. For more than 100 years aspirin has been a gold standard for pain relief and fever reduction. Research has also shown that aspirin …

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2009 0 Comments
    Stool Test for Early Cancer Detection

    In the future, doctors may be able to use a stool sample to detect cancers of the digestive tract. The Mayo Clinic scientists developed the test as a way to detect colon cancer, but they were excited …

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2008 33 Comments
    Ice Craving Signaled Cancer

    Q. In 2001 I had a very strong urge to chew on ice. After reading in your column that this could be a sign of anemia, I told my doctor about it. The blood work showed anemia and I was advised to get a…