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can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses.
Answered on Jan 28, 2020
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Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience General Surgery
No: While people who suffer from ibs can develop colon cancer overtime, there is no solid evidence that ibs causes colon ca. Many diseases can co-exist and not have a chicken/egg relationship.
Answered on Dec 26, 2018

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Sometimes yes: Consult your doctor about your risks of cancer. Only way to know for sure is to get colonoscopy.
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