Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Studies Find New Risks for Colon Cancer

At this year’s annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Washington, D.C., two new studies will be presented, each suggesting new risk factors for colon cancer.

In the first study, researchers determined that people with higher levels of C-reactive protein in the blood have a greater risk of colon cancer. This type of protein is an indication of inflammation somewhere in the body.

The researchers analyzed more than 300 records of women with colorectal cancer and compared them with 450 cancer-free women. For women with the highest protein levels, the risk of developing colon cancer was two and a half times higher than those with the lowest levels.

The second study found that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which infects the stomach or first part of the small intestine, increases the risk of colorectal polyps in African Americans. These polyps often become cancerous if left untreated.

Researchers found that colorectal polyps were 50 percent more common in patients with H. pylori after reviewing medical records of about 1,260 African American patients.

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