A 48-year-old member asked:
does colon cancer ever occur in young people?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Edward Gold answered
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age.
Answered on May 26, 2016
Dr. Eric Kaplan answered
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Even sporadic, non familial cases have been reported in young people in their 20's, 30's and 40's. If in doubt about a symptom get an expert evaluation and recommendation.
Answered on Mar 15, 2019
Dr. Christian Schultheis answered
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes: The youngest patient I treated was 17 at diagnosis. Very, very uncommon. Because of the rarity, before I treated him, I had him see a colleague of mine at Mayo clinic. Unfortunately, he did not survive. You have to realize that this is very uncommon. Hope this helps.
Answered on May 11, 2014
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