A 47-year-old member asked:
How long does colon cancer take to grow?
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Dr. Michael Thompson answered
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Varies. ~10yrs: In general, we think about 10 years. Hence the "standard" colon screening recommendation (by colonoscopy) of every 10 years if the colon is well prepped and without pre-cancerous polyps. Colon cancer can grow faster especially in some familial syndromes. Individuals with polyps may and likely do need more frequent followup. Recs individualized by the GI physician.
Answered on Apr 11, 2019
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