One In Three Adults In US Skips Colon Cancer Screening Follow-Ups

WebMD (6/24, Warner) reported that one in three “adults who have been screened for colon cancer fail to follow up with repeat screenings as recommended, according to a new survey.” Researchers found that “33% of US adults between the ages of 60 and 70 years old have only been screened once for colon cancer; 31% of adults over age 50 have never been screened at all. ‘The survey suggests that people are not being screened at a rate of frequency that reflects adherence to medical guidelines for colon cancer testing,'” says Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance, which “co-sponsored the survey with Quest Diagnostics,” in a news release. Notably, the CDC “says 60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented if people followed guidelines” for routine screening.

Marriage May Be Linked To Increased Survival Among Colon Cancer Patients.

Study found patients were 14% less likely to die if they had a spouse

THURSDAY, June 23 (HealthDay News) — Being married improves the likelihood of survival for colon cancer patients, a new study finds.

Married men and women with colon cancer were 14 percent less likely to die than other colon cancer patients, according to U.S. researchers who analyzed 127,753 patient records.

The study also found that married patients were diagnosed at earlier stages of colon cancer and sought more aggressive treatment, which echoes findings from studies of other types of cancer.

While the actual reasons for improved survival among married patients weren’t pinpointed by the researchers at Penn State’s College of Medicine and Brigham Young University, they suggested that informal caregiving by spouses may result in better cancer management. That extra support may result in better outcomes, according to a Brigham Young news release.

The study appears online and in an upcoming print issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology.

Hepatologist Says A Third Of US Population Has Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

  CNN (6/17, Cohen) reports that approximately “a third of the US population has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, according to Dr. Michael Curry, a hepatologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.” He “said most of those people — about 80% — will not develop significant liver disease,” but “the other 20% will develop a disease called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH.” In many of cases of NASH, “liver enzyme tests are sometimes normal, and even ultrasounds and CT scans don’t always pick up on the disease.”