WBEZ | colon cancer http://www.wbez.org/tags/colon-cancer Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Preventable colon cancer deaths cost the economy $6.4 billion http://www.wbez.org/news/preventable-colon-cancer-deaths-cost-economy-64-billion-113790 <p><p>Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it.</p><p>Lower-income communities in the United States loses $6.4 billion in lost wages and productivity because of premature deaths due to colon cancer, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p><div id="res455932233"><div id="responsive-embed-colon-cancer-20151113" style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="671px" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" src="http://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/colon-cancer-20151113/child.html?initialWidth=770&amp;childId=responsive-embed-colon-cancer-20151113&amp;parentUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fsections%2Fhealth-shots%2F2015%2F11%2F13%2F455915904%2Fpreventable-colon-cancer-deaths-cost-the-economy-6-4-billion%3Fft%3Dnprml%26f%3D455915904" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" width="600"></iframe></div></div><p>&quot;It&#39;s tragic not only for the lives lost, but it&#39;s tragic for the communities,&quot; says Hannah Weir, a senior epidemiologist at CDC who led the study. &quot;That&#39;s money that&#39;s not being diffused back into these already disadvantaged communities.&quot;</p><p>The researchers looked at colon cancer deaths from 2008 though 2012 for people between 50 and 74 years of age. They figured out the preventable deaths by comparing the death rates in high-income counties compared to those with lower incomes. The higher-income areas were defined as those in which at least 85 percent of the population had graduated from high school.</p><p>Colon cancer used to be more common in white people with higher incomes, but over the past few decades screening has reduced their risk to the point that African-Americans now have higher rates.</p><p>&quot;We know that colorectal cancer screening saves lives, and we know that people in these communities are less likely to be screened for cancer, so it&#39;s detected at a later stage,&quot; Weir says. &quot;They&#39;re more likely to die from cancer.&quot;</p><p>Screening options include&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/tests.htm">fecal occult blood tests</a>, which are not invasive, as well as sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy.</p><p>The researchers came up with the $6.4 billion number by comparing the differences in potential years of life lost due to premature death: 194,927 years in lower-income communities compared to 128,812 in higher-income communities.</p><p>The data was presented Friday at the American Association For Cancer Research conference in Atlanta.</p><p>&mdash;<em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/13/455915904/preventable-colon-cancer-deaths-cost-the-economy-6-4-billion?ft=nprml&amp;f=455915904" target="_blank">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/preventable-colon-cancer-deaths-cost-economy-64-billion-113790 Controversial billboard on the Eisenhower alleges hot dogs cause cancer http://www.wbez.org/story/controversial-billboard-eisenhower-alleges-hot-dogs-cause-cancer-97265 <p><p>A controversial new billboard on the Eisenhower Expressway is trying to increase awareness of colorectal cancer with a blunt message: Hot Dogs Cause Butt Cancer.</p><p>Drivers passing between the Kostner and Cicero exits while heading west won't be able to miss the sign, which includes a cartoon drawing of a man in a hospital gown with a hot dog in hand. The <a href="http://www.pcrm.org/media/news/billboard-warns-chicago-of-hot-dog-butt-cancer">Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine </a>posted the billboard this week, in what they say is a way to get important research out of a medical journal and into people's brains.</p><p>Susan Levin, nutrition director for the PCRM, said the group was inspired by a 2007<a href="http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&amp;id=15642&amp;news_iv_ctrl=0&amp;abbr=pr_"> American Institute for Cancer Research study</a> that said eating processed meats increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent.</p><p>"Nobody knows this - this is the kind of language you hear when people talk about tobacco and lung cancer but nobody was associating processed meats like pepperoni, or hot dogs or deli meats with cancer," Levin said.</p><p>Levin said hopes the billboard raises awareness in a city that's known for its hot dogs.<br> <br> Meanwhile, the American Meat Institute is calling the billboard "outrageous." The national meat and poultry trade organization released a<a href="http://www.meatami.com/ht/display/ReleaseDetails/i/76277"> statement</a> Wednesday that cited multiple studies that say there is no link between colon cancer and processed meats. The statement said hot dogs are part of any healthy diet when put alongside vegetables, grains and dairy.<br> <br> In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Illinois has one of the highest <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/statistics/state.htm">rates</a> of colorectal cancer in the country.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/controversial-billboard-eisenhower-alleges-hot-dogs-cause-cancer-97265 New study shows black raspberries may reduce colon cancer risk http://www.wbez.org/story/black-raspberries/new-study-shows-black-raspberries-may-reduce-colon-cancer-risk <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-03/Black Rasberry.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>New research by scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago shows a link between black raspberries and a reduction in the development of colon cancer in mice. The study appears in the November issue of Cancer Prevention Research.<br /><br />Dr. Wancai Yang is one of the authors of the study which took place in his lab on UIC&rsquo;s campus. He said mice aren&rsquo;t the only species that could benefit from a diet supplemented with the berries. He hopes to secure funding to begin clinical trials on humans. The study worked with two different mouse models in the study based on the two major causes of tumor formation in the colon.<br /><br />Yang said, based on what they found, the berries could be &ldquo;good for everybody, even people with different backgrounds,&rdquo; but added that patients who already showed signs of inflammation would benefit the most. Because they are 90 percent water when fresh, the berries are most effective when dried because they are smaller and easier to intake.<br /><br />The new findings are the result of a two year collaboration between Dr. Yang and Dr. Greg Stoner of the Ohio State University. Previous studies in mice revealed that black raspberries were also effective in suppressing esophageal tumors. So far no funding has been secured for clinical trials in humans.</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 21:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/black-raspberries/new-study-shows-black-raspberries-may-reduce-colon-cancer-risk