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type of colon polyp that is fast growing?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends on size and: How fast it is growing. It could be cancer, so it probably should be removed. Consult with your GI specialist.

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What are the different methods to detect colon cancer?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Several: Digital rectal exam, imunoassay for blood in the stool, lower GI barium enemas, colonoscopy, virtual or ct colonography, sigmoidoscopy. The best test at this time in my opinion is a colonoscopy properly performed with a proper bowel prep as it can be both diagnostic and therapeutic if the cancer is in a polyp that can be removed at the time of colonoscopy.
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What are the causes of colon cancer?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: 20% are genetically caused, the remainder being environmentally caused by some as yet unknown combination of exposures to various agents. The person who finds the actual answer will no doubt be on a south pacific island relaxing after having won the nobel prize. We just don't know in every case.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is a fecal occult test in detecting colon cancer?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Test for blood in BM: The fobt tests for blood in the stool. Test is performed on spontaneously voided stool on three separate occasions. Presence of blood in any of the samples is a "positive" test. Blood may indicate cancer, hemorrhoids, blood vessel abnormality, local irritation or a host of other non life threatening things. However, blood in the stool is a finding that needs follow up with a more specific test.
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Dr. Allen Seely commented
General Practice 31 years experience
Agreed: If POSITIVE, usually colonoscopy is recommeded to rule out colon cancer
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
And every digital rectal exam can detect a sample for testing in the office!
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the difference in the various stages of colon cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Survival, but.....: Used to be, the short answer was simply survival risk with stage 1 having the best prognosis and stage IV the worst. While stages 1/2 still have the highest survival rates but improved surgical techniques and chemotherapy and i'd add lifestyle changes, have leveled the playing field greatly. Colon cancer, even advanced is often quite treatable.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can be done about a colon obstruction?

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Dr. Wendell Goins
General Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery ussually: Colon obstruction can be caused by benign conditions(diverticulitis, volvulus or twisting, constipation, inflamatory bowel didease) or cancer. Sometimes medications or minor procedures can help( atleast temporarily) , surgery is usually required for majority of causes, especially when cancer is associated.

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