FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 -- Although colonoscopy screens for cancer, it can also uncover a common condition called diverticulosis.
This is when one or more pockets develop in the colon wall, often in the large bowel. These pockets occur over time, possibly from not getting enough fiber in your diet or eating too much red meat. They're so common that about 50% of people have them by age 50, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.
FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 -- No one looks forward to a colonoscopy, but it can save your life. So you might be wondering whether a home test is a good alternative.
These tests involve mailing a stool sample to a lab. Older types of tests check for blood, which could signal a cancerous growth. Precancerous polyps are harder to find with these tests, because they tend not to bleed. Newer types of stool tests look for changes in DNA that could be signs of cancer. They're also better at finding advanced polyps. You'll need to have a colonoscopy if a home test shows any positive results.
TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 -- Yogurt is a healthy food, and it may also be a cancer fighter, a new study suggests.
Men who had two or more servings of yogurt a week had a 26% lower risk of developing precancerous growths in their colon, a new study reports. Researchers didn't find the same cancer-fighting benefit for women, however.