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how long does it take colon cancer to develop

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 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

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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phan answered
21 years experience General Surgery
Depend : All depends on what stage the cancer is at time of diagnose and treatment.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
?: Children and teenagers can get lung cancer.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
It depends...: Different type of cancers develops differently. For example, it takes approximately 10 years for colon cancer to do so, hence the recommendation to ha ... 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
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on esophageal cancer http://www.Can ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on rectal cancer http://www.Cancer. ... 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 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some will grow very rapidly and spread to distant sites of the body at an early stage. Others will grow slowly and never metast ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on esophageal cancer http://www.Can ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
5-10 years: ... In general but some hereditary colon cancer syndromes and colitis patients can develop them within a year!
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Not known.: This is a question with a very variable answer. Most cancer patients present with local or advanced disease, with just cancer present. This is usual ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazin Kizy
21 years experience Dentistry
Sometimes never: If you believe you way have oral cancer see a dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes there are no symptoms. By the time you develope symptoms it is ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Smolders: The initial changes that lead to cancer begin years, maybe decades, before it appears, as evidenced by the fact that the longer a person has smoked, t ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Marra
28 years experience Radiology
10-15 years: Cervical cancer is felt to almost always be related to certain strains of HPV infection through prior sexual contact. Most cases of HPV infection do ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
It can take long.: Most patients present at over age 50. Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth can ... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
No answer for: This depends. It is different for different people.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Jakubowicz
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: Depends what you mean by fully developed. A cancer can occur and grow within weeks to months and can spread equally as quickly or some can develop ove ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Depends: As we have discovered different forms of breast cancer, we realize that each is different depending on the person affected. The biology of the tumor ... Read More

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