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how long does it take for cancer to develop

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 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 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 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
45 years experience Dentistry
It varies wildly: Chewing tobacco induces cancer by direct contact & by dissolving cancer producing chemicals in the saliva that pools in the floor of the mouth under t ... 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 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
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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Varies: You start acquiring the mutations that produce cancer when your life starts. Cells that a pathologist can tell are "precancerous" signal "time for tr ... Read More
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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

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