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how rare is colon cancer in 20s and why is it rare in young people if it is rare

A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theresa Yang
8 years experience General Practice
Pretty rare: Colon cancer is more prominent in the older population. The older someone gets, the more likely they are to have changes in their dna called mutations ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Rare: Cancers of most any type usually occurs later in life, but cancer can occur at any age, from childhood onward. Colon cancer is more likely after age 5 ... Read More
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Dr. Eduardo Krajewski
21 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Rare: Extremely rare, but yes, I have treated cancer patient in their 20's

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Need exposure/time.: Cancers like colon and lung cancer need time and exposure to promoting substances to develop. Lung cancer develops over years of exposure to smoking, ... Read More
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Dr. William A Biermann
45 years experience Medical Oncology
Mutations: There are many theories. One is that cancer is often the result of several mutations in cells that occur over time. It may take several of these mutat ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Low: Your odds are very low.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Don't know..: What web sites you are looking at, but seeing something on the internet that is not produced by a well recognized source is not likely to be useful to ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
Quite Rare: It is relatively rare. This raises the question of a genetic predisposition to this cancer (e.g. Lynch syndrome). The 25yo with the colon cancer shoul ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
5%: From 2005-2009, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the colon and rectum was 69 years of age . Approximately 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20; ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
Colon cancer: Colon cancer is rare is young people but can be see in association with diseases such as familial polyposis. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Croh ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: Colon cancer is rare at your age. It is prudent to get screening colonoscopy at an age ten years younger than the lowest age at which any family membe ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Denny Rodenberg
30 years experience General Surgery
Social phenomenon: As with most "news" what is talked about is the unique/unusual and tragic/dramatic stories. It doesn't surprise me that cancer in the young is blogg ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Yes: But very rare , age is no exemption for cancer.
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