Lack of sleep linked to risky precancerous colon polyps

Cancer
In most of my health books, I discuss the reams of studies now showing myriad benefits from consistently getting a good night's sleep. Now, we have another health benefit from good sleep. A recent study is showing that people who sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to have dangerous precancerous polyps in their colon or rectum compared to better-rested patients. The polyps, called colorectal adenomas, progress to become cancerous tumors in about 10% of cases. As a result, they are considered to be "precancerous" polyps and a strong predictor of the disease. The findings don't prove that lack of sleep causes these polyps to occur. The scientists note in the journal Cancer that this is the first time anyone has ever found a link between sleep duration…
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Low-dose aspirin reduces risk of developing and dying from colon cancer

Cancer
ABC World News reported what most of us doctors have known for some time: that "at high doses, aspirin can cause side effects, like bleeding and stomach discomfort;" however, we also know that the "low dose of aspirin a lot of people are already taking for their hearts may reduce the risk of colon cancer by a quarter and deaths from the disease by a third." Now, new research is confirming these earlier findings. Indeed, "aspirin should not replace screening tests like colonoscopies, and because it has serious side effects ... people should talk to their doctors before taking even a low dose of aspirin on a regular basis," the CBS Evening News reported. Still, "a daily dose of baby aspirin" over a long period of time may be the…
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Statin drugs may lower colon cancer risk: study

Cancer
Statin drugs, which are used to lower cholesterol, may also lower the risk of colon cancer by as much as 12 percent, U.S. researchers have reported. The longer people took the highly popular cholesterol-lowering pills, the lower their risk of later developing colon cancer, the researchers told a meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. Many researchers have found that statin drugs, which include Pfizer Inc's Lipitor and AstraZeneca Plc's Crestor, have effects far beyond lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease. Here's another one to add to the list, and here are the details from Reuters Health: "Observational studies have suggested that long-term use of statins is associated with reduced risk of several cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, pancreas and liver," said Dr. Jewel Samadder of the University…
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