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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does colon cancer take to grow?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
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.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Years: Colon cancers generally start as colon polyps and it takes several years for a polyp to become cancer. This is true most of the time, but not always.

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Depends: It depends on the type of cancer, vicinity of the organs, whether being treated or not.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long could colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?

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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Years....we think.: Every individual tumor is different. The "teaching" is it takes 5 years for a polyp to undergo malignant change (turn into cancer) from there, it depends on location, age and many other factors we don't yet understand. Colon cancer can be indolent (slow growing) or aggressive. It depends on the individual cancer, and everyone is different.
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How long does colon cancer take to move from stage to stage?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
It depends: Every tumor is different in it's rate of growth an even it's potential to spread so there is no hard and fast rule to answer this question.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How fast does colon cancer grow?

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Can take years till: it becomes symptomatic. That why routine colonoscopy is important
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does it take stage four colon cancer to develop?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Many years: Patients can present with stage-4 colon cancer. This takes many years(10+) years to evolve. But early colon cancer treated with surgery can alter relapse as stage -4 disease. This can happen in a shorter time, anywhere from one to 5 years..

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