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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps.
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Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: Most but not all colon cancers start as a small polyp which gradually over many years may grow developing progressive genetic changes eventually developing dysplasia followed by cancer. Once it is a colon cancer doubling time (doubling in size ) typically varies from between 30 to 300 days.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How fast does colon cancer spread?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
It depends: Some cancers grow slowly and others rapidly. At this point we cannot predict what will happen on an individual basis but as we learn more about the biology that day will come.
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