Sept. 7-13, 2001
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Curry School shares Gates tech grant
Colon cancer risk tested

University joins global group to plan long-distance education
Make votes count, commission says
Insiders analyze the 2000 election in Sabato's new book

Jefferson Award nominations sought

Authors join creative writing faculty
Poetry writing added to English major
University expands international emphasis with new residential college
U.Va.'s three residential colleges get new principals
Hot Links -- General Clinical Research Center seeks volunteers
High school students aid U.Va. research
Honoring the code: How faculty and TAs can promote academic honesty
Pavilion VII: building restoration now complete
Colonnade Club returns to newly restored pavilion

Colon cancer risk tested

Doctors at U.Va.’s Digestive Health Center are using DNA tests to identify people with an increased risk for colorectal cancer because of inherited changes in their DNA.

These tests are important because, along with this cancer being the second most deadly cancer in America, it is the only cancer that can be almost completely prevented — if cancer-causing polyps in the colon can be removed before they become malignant.

“Studies show an almost two-fold increase in risk, 1.7 times more likely, if just one first-degree relative [father, mother or sibling] shows traits,” said Dr. Steven Powell, assistant professor of gastroenterology at the center.


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