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what do doctors do to check you for colon cancer?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Exam: Physical exam, rectal exam, check for blood in the stool, colonoscopy if indicated.
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Colonoscopy: We can check for blood in the stool and that will catch about 50% of the colon cancers. Current recommendations also include colonoscopy starting at age 50 which will catch most of the cancers and is our most powerful tool in preventing colon cancer. Polyps that will go on to form cancer are found during the colonoscopy. This should be done every 10 years. People at high risk would have more frequ.
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 36 years experience
Follow the guidelines described by Dr Harris, if you have specific symptoms that are concerning eg bleeding,change in bowel habits, abdominal pain see a colon and rectal surgeon or a gastroenterologist to see what work up is warranted.
Dec 25, 2012

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Can b17 cure cancer? Asked for someone with stage 4 colon cancer.

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Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 27 years experience
I : I wish there were a reliable cure for stage IV colon cancer, but unfortunately there is not, and vitamin b17 is most definitely not one. Vitamin b17 is another name for laetrile. This named was coined in the 50's in an attempt to overcome drug regulations and increase sales based on the popularity of vitamins. Laetrile, or amygdalin as it is also called, is not a vitamin by any definition of the biochemical term. There is no scientific evidence that laetrile or vitamin b17 has any anti-cancer benefits. I share many patients with naturopathic oncologists who prescribe nutritional and herbal therapies, but i've yet to see any of them consider laetrile effective. In the very special circumstance when a stage IV colon cancer patient has only a small number of metastasis in the liver only, there is a possibility of being cured by a combination of surgery and other therapies. Most of the time in stage IV disease, the cancer has spread widely in the body and it is impossible for the body or doctors to get rid of every last bad cell. There are however, many new and effective treatments that have significantly lengthened the amount of time patients with this disease can live and with a good quality of life. Some of these treatments are chemotherapy. Many people forget that one of the most effective chemotherapy drugs for colon cancer, irinotecan (camptosar), is a slightly modified form of a compound originally found in the bark of the "happy tree" (camptotheca) which grows in southern china. Other effective treatments are special purified antibodies (which are part of our immune system). One class of these antibodies attack specific changes in the cancer cells that distinguish them from normal cells and can stop the cancer cells from growing so fast. Another class of these antibodies help stop the cancer cells from hijacking the normal body to build new blood vessels to feed the cancer. More information can be found via the links below. I wish you or your loved on the best in their struggle with colon cancer.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for me to tell if I have colon cancer!?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: At your young age, colon cancer is unlikely. There are little or no symptoms from colon cancer. Late colon cancer can cause bowel changes, bowel obstruction, slow blood loss anemia, etc. See your doctor for an examination to discuss your concerns.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

How can you tell the difference between hemmorhoids and colon cancer? Even though the symptoms are very similar, what are the major differences?

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Dr. Donny Peterson
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Colonoscopy & biopsy: Hemorrhoids are abnormally enlarged veins at the anus that can flare secondary to constipation, diarrhea, straining, dehydration, pregnancy, being overweight, and several other conditions. Colon cancer would be unusual in an 18 year old; most are detected after age 50. Symptoms may not be present in early cases, but can include blood in stool, obstruction, weight loss, or an abdominal mass.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Is there any help for someone in stage 4 colon cancer?

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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Certainly: Stage 4 colon cancer is no death sentence. Depending on your situation, there may be options for surgery, ablation, and systemic treatments like chemotherapy. I suggest that you seek help at a nationally recognized cancer center (www.Cancer.Gov).
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of developing colon cancer if you are under age 20?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Very rare: Very rare. Usually seen after age 50 or older. See your doctor for an examination.

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