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is it possible for 18 year olds to have stomach cancer

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Unlikely, but yes.: This is extremely rare, but there are genetic disorders where this happens.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Anything is: Possible, but unlikely in this case. The only way to know for sure is endoscopy and biopsy. Consult your doctor regarding specific cancer risk and a ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Archer
29 years experience Bariatrics
Low: For typical stomach cancer the risk is low in a 30 year old.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely: One truism in medicine is we never say never. It would be quite rare & significant enough to be reported in peer reviewed journals.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Younger age cancer: We are seeing a demographic shift now with many young patients presenting with cancers such as lung cancer, colorectal cancer, GI cancers, brain tumor ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Very, very unlikely: The incidence of breast cancer increases with age, occurring very rarely in one's 20's, sporadically in the 30's, and then increasing with each decade ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
20 years experience Pediatrics
Highly unlikely: Primary cancer in the stomach is incredibly rare in children. Stomach cancer in persons under the age of 18 accounted for less than 0.11% of all stom ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No: It is very unusual for children to have pancreatic cancer. I work for pediatrics oncology for 40 years and I did not have one patient with pancreatic ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Liver cancer: It is extremely uncommon so much so that in 50 years of practice I have never seen a case
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffry Gill
28 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: There is no 'safe' length of time to smoke before the risk of cancer kicks in. Also, cancers often have many contributing causes--so smoking can be ju ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
Rare: It would be rare but it is possible.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Garren
23 years experience Radiation Oncology
Absolutely: Unfortunately, breast cancer, while uncommon overall, is one of the most common cancers in that age group. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/ ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: It is possible, but very unlikely. If you have symptoms that suggest a nasal problem you should be examined by an ENT and they wil be able to tell you ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Yes. Your primary : Care physician can tell you if you have hyperthyroidism, a thyroid or other auto-immune disorder & other medical causes of your symptoms by performing ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Esophageal Cancer: Having gerd is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. According to the american cancer society, 30% of esophageal cancer cases are linked to gerd.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
25 years experience Medical Oncology
Rare: Rare but possible. Younger people with pancreatic cancer sometimes have a different form if cancer that us less aggressive. Needs a eus study and bio ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
Absolutely not: Unfortunately, life is not fair, and strange and tragic disease processes can develop. But, teenagers rarely develop stomach cancer. Good luck.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Not too common but it can occur. Needs a doctor evaluation to tell what she may have.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Greiwe
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not Very Likely: Given your age it is highly unlikely you have colon cancer. Major factors that increase the risk of colon cancer include family history, age, and infl ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Lawenda
23 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes, but very rare: Stomach cancer in children younger than 18 years account for less than 1% of all stomach cancer cases. Fewer than 100 cases of colon cancer are diagn ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
Possible: Adolescents can surely develop gallstones, especially if there is a family tendency. However, unless they are symptomatic gallstones can be ignored. G ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Uncommon: But yes, young women can rarely get breast cancer. Most breast lumps in young womwn are benign, but needs an examination with your doctor to be sure.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Very very rare: Even with a strong family history of colon cancer, it is extremely unlikely for a 15 year old to have colon cancer. See this site for hereditary colon ... Read More

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