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how long does it take esophageal cancer to develop

A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Suamaous cell cancer of esophagus is a very dangerous , lethal disease, may not give any symptoms till bleeding or obstruction occurs. Reaching 5 cm ... 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Feras Abdul khalek
13 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends : Unfortunately esophageal cancer is an aggressive one but if u catch it early it has a better chance of not recurring. It all depends on the primary st ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
32 years experience Anesthesiology
This varies: Esophageal cancer is inoperable when it spreads through the layers of the esophagus to the surrounding tissues and lymph nodes. I should redefine ino ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not sure that: Any one has done the human experiment of snuff dose/time/exposure to discern minimal dose and time of a carcinogen to cause a potentially lethal event ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sapozink
43 years experience Radiation Oncology
Unknown: Hpv is associated with throat cancer, but other factors (smoking, drinking alcohol)may be more important in carcinogenesis if they are present.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
30 years experience General Practice
Months to years: There are 2 types of gallstones: 'cholesterol stones' (caused by excess cholesterol in bile from high fat diet, etc..) and 'pigment stones' (caused by ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It is uncommon: Barrets esophagus is a rare complication of chronic GERD(Not associated with erosive esophagitis unless it is chronic and ongoing for many years.).You ... Read More
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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
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 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 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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