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A 41-year-old male asked:

Can a 17 year old get colon cancer because i'm scared to death and i am showing symptoms. such as constipation and change of bowel movements i go less?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Colon cancer: In 17 year old is very rare, unless there are predisposing factors such as familial polyposis or ulcerative colitis. If you are 41, it is another story, because there is a higher risk. You need a medical evaluation to check for colon cancer if you are having these symptoms at age 41.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Possible but...: Very rare. Child with familial adenomatous polyposis is at higher risk.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Colon ca: although it can happen, but it's unlikely that constipation and change in BM in a 17 year old person is caused by cancer. other things like infections,or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) , celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome are more likely to be the case than cancer. colon cancer can happen in 30-40 yr old especially if FAP present or long standing IBD,celiac dz.. d/w your MD in detail

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