A study in the journal Gut found taking daily calcium supplements may increase the risk of serrated colon polyps, a precursor lesion to colon cancer. People who took calcium or calcium plus vitamin D were more likely to develop polyps from six to 10 years after the study began, but calcium from dietary sources was

Fatty liver may predict polyp risk

A fatty liver index of 30 or greater was tied to a greater risk of colorectal adenoma, and high-index patients had more adenomas and more advanced adenomas than those with a low-index, according to a study in the Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. “The high fatty liver index may be a useful predictor of

Adenomatous polyps higher in blacks than predicted

Results from a small group of mostly black patients who participated in a free screening colonoscopy initiative at an urban hospital showed adenomas were found in 78.8%, while advanced adenomas were found in 35%, researchers told the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting. Dr. Muhammed Hassan of Howard University Hospital said more research is

“Older blacks have higher colorectal cancer risk”

A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that older black patients had a 31% higher risk of colorectal cancer than older white patients. Researchers noted greater racial and ethnic disparities for distal colon and rectal cancer than for proximal colon cancer. “Black persons have the highest incidence of and mortality rates from CRC