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how long can colon cancer go undiagnosed

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Varies: It depends on the location of the cancer. Cancers on the right side cause anemia before causing obstruction. Cancers on the right side are more likely ... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
33 years experience Internal Medicine
Survival varies: Survival rate statistics vary based on the stage of diagnosis. These are only estimates, not truly how long you will live. All of this should be discu ... Read More
Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends on stage etc: Will depend on the stage, age, respond to therapy, other biomarkers /prognostic markers/ biology of the cancer, your overall condition etc. According ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
20 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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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
29 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Years: Colon cancers generally start as colon polyps and it takes several years for a polyp to become cancer. This is true most of the time, but not always.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
46 years experience Hospital-based practice
Depends: It depends on the type of cancer, vicinity of the organs, whether being treated or not.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
64 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Many years: Patients can present with stage-4 colon cancer. This takes many years(10+) years to evolve. But early colon cancer treated with surgery can alter rela ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
44 years experience Internal Medicine
It depends: Every tumor is different in it's rate of growth an even it's potential to spread so there is no hard and fast rule to answer this question.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
30 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Years....we think.: Every individual tumor is different. The "teaching" is it takes 5 years for a polyp to undergo malignant change (turn into cancer) from there, it depe ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Why Not Rx?: The natural history of untreated colon cancer can include obstruction, perforation, and/or bleeding; any and all of these can lead to death, typically ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
44 years experience Family Medicine
Colon cancer: The long-term effects of colon cancer can be severe: obstruction of the bowel, possibly even perforation, metastasis of the tumor to other organs, eg. ... Read More

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