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How long does it take colon cancer to develop

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
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

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Good question but: ..Impossible to answer with certainty. Different cancers will behave differently so the real focus should be to detect the cancer early or even before... Read More
Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Tough question: The evolution from polyp to cancer usually takes more than ten years. From state i to stage four probably takes several years, also, but can vary dep... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nina Hall
Specializes in General Surgery
Absolutely: Anemia can cause rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, fatigue, dizzyness, if you are being treated for colon cancer i recommend you discuss these sym... Read More
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Yes Anemia does: Low hemoglobin(hb), commonly called anemia, does increase the heart rate. Mild anemia(hb of 10 gm) causes modest increase but more severe anemia(hb of... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of cancer, vicinity of the organs, whether being treated or not.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phananswered
General Surgery 22 years experience
Depend : All depends on what stage the cancer is at time of diagnose and treatment.
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Unpredictable: Most cases of Stage 1 colon cancer are cured with surgery. A small percentage tend to come back with a recurrence, usually in 2-3 years...but it can b... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Years: it generally takes years for a polyp to form and then later become cancerous. This is why screening colonoscopy is only needed every 10 years if norma... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Colon cancer: Surgical resection will be the mainstay therapy for a stage ii colon cancer. The role of chemotherapy for a stage ii colon cancer is not very clear. I... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
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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