...Although no associations were found in this study, the possibilities of evaluating genetic biomarkers in CRC are endless. “The final message would be that these efforts of understanding the impact of genetic tumor signatures in patient outcomes definitively has a future,” Aucejo said. “Patients need to understand that that is what they should expect to see moving forward – that the oncologists and surgeons will look more and more in to genetic biomarkers in tumors.”
Patients with an inherited form of colon cancer harbor two bacterial species that collaborate to encourage development of the disease, and the same species have been found in people who develop a sporadic form of colon cancer...
...Using a mouse model of colon cancer, the researchers found that animals whose colons were colonized with just one of these species developed few or no tumors. However, when their colons were colonized with both species simultaneously, they developed many tumors, suggesting a synergy between the two types of bacteria.
...The researchers concluded: "These results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades."
But they said the findings need to "be confirmed by other large-scale" studies and research was needed to establish what could be behind the link.
Prof Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, said: "It's already known that eating a lot of these foods can lead to weight gain, and being overweight or obese can also increase your risk of cancer, so it's hard to disentangle the effects of diet and weight."
West Virginia resident Kellie Hoffman is one of 25 people featured in a new public service announcement playing in Times Square in March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, according to a news release from Fight Colorectal Cancer.
Hoffman was her mother's caregiver for 10 years and has become an ambassador Fight Colorectal Cancer, an advocacy organization focused on colorectal cancer policy and research.
The announcement will launch at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, during the NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony. Hoffman's story will launch on Fight CRC's Facebook page Friday, Feb. 23.
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