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How long does polyp take to turn to cancer

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Murray
32 years experience General Surgery
Depends on hx: If you have polyps the current thinking is that it takes over 5 yrs to develop a polyp and have it turn in to cancer. That is why the current reccomen ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Very slowly if at al: Colon polyps can change into cancer but usually take a long time(monthst o years).Yet it is a good idea to get it removed before it gets much bigger a ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Dysplastic, hi: Grade polyps increase chances. Not a sure thing, but the risk means more regular look endoscopically, possible testing for genetic risks of family me ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Fundamental rule once detected must be removed as soon as possible , if general condition permits, . Some polyps like villous adenomas already will h ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not sure the : Answer is clear. Hpv infection is easily transmitted by simple kissing and sexual means, and "infection" is common. Abstinence sometimes leads to cl ... 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Varies: Some colon polyps are cancer from the start and others are precancerous and if not removed can become malignant. All polyps found at colonoscopy shoul ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natarajan Raman
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Months to years: Progression to invasive cancer occurs in approximately 1% of cin1, 5% in cin2 and at least 12% in cin3. Progression to cancer takes a time period o ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Engel
19 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
This is surprisingly: Complex question. How long it takes for a mass to achieve a given size is highly variable and depends upon the rate of cell cycle progression, growth ... Read More
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 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Years: An hpv infection that lingers around for years puts a woman at risk of developing cervical cancer, particularly if she is over the age of 30.
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 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not all invasive: Cancers start in situ, and not all in situ cancers ultimately invade...But a lot do. So, there is no timetable of when that you can rely on. It is r ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends: No definite answer. Hpv virus can cause mutations which can lead to cancer development. Our body often clears hpv on its own before mutations that lea ... Read More
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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 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 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
It varies.: This is the precursor to squamous cell cancer of the skin. For this to become cancer sooner versus later, it would depend on the susceptability of th ... Read More
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 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not related: A UTI is not a risk factor for kidney cancer.
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