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how fast does colon cancer grow

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
Can take years till: it becomes symptomatic. That why routine colonoscopy is important

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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
It depend: first CT scan is not the best way to discover or screen or rule out colon cancer so negative CT scan does not mean anything as far as colon cancer con ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Usually slowly: It is believed that colon cancers develop fairly slowly--a polyp may take 5-10 years to become cancerous. However, once a cancer develops, it can spre ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience Internal Medicine
It depends: Some cancers grow slowly and others rapidly. At this point we cannot predict what will happen on an individual basis but as we learn more about the bi ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Varies: On average, it takes about 10 years from the initiation of damage to invasive colon cancer, but there is considerable variation. Your dad my not have ... Read More
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Dr. Julien Fahed
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Unpredictable : colon cancer can spread quickly to the whole body or, most of the times, takes time to spread around. Also, people are diagnosed at different stages o ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Varies. ~10yrs: In general, we think about 10 years. Hence the "standard" colon screening recommendation (by colonoscopy) of every 10 years if the colon is well prepp ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Maluccio
26 years experience Surgical Oncology
Not fast: Cancer is thought to spread over several weeks-months of time, not days to weeks. As such, the commission on cancer has guidelines for treatment that ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Roughly one year: The immunogenic tumor protein, a post translational modification of MUC5ac is found in most colon Ca. When polyoma enters bowel to form a field eff ... Read More

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