A 30-year-old member asked:
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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in 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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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Not really: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves i ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Kline
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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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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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