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A 41-year-old female asked about a 72-year-old male:

20+ year history of ulcerative colitis. colonoscopy showed high-grade dysplasia. first open surgery date is 2.5 months. is it safe to wait that long?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Cannot say: but, typically colon cancer develops in stages, atypia proceeds to cancer, then it develops the ability to metastasize. Cancer goes from the INSIDE through the colonic wall in stages Then it gets through the wall Then it starts to metastasize. It is through the wall stage where there is appreciable mortality. Normally that's prob years to go thru the stages BUT your walls r different.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: These things develop slowly, but you are making the right decision. Good luck.

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Last updated Jan 1, 2016

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