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Can Children Get Colon Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Yes, but uncommon: About 150000 new cases of colon/rectal ca in us/yr. 90% are age 50 and up. + family history, especially of early ca increases risk. Longstanding ibd increases risk. Certain (rare to uncommon) genetic syndromes increase risk. Check your family's history, see your doc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Possible, not common: There is a very rare type of pancreatic cancer (called pancreatoblastoma) that can occur in children. This uncommon type of malignancy usually happens before age 10 with a median age of 4 to 5. If the tumor is confined to the pancreas, young patients with pancreatoblastoma can be cured by a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Hope that this helps. ...Read more
Not Likely: This is not a likely scenario. Pancreatic cancer is extremely rare, .45 incidence in a million! In 20 years of caring for children including a residency in a top Pediatric Children's Hospital Cancer Center, I have never seen it. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/unusual-cancers-childhood/HealthProfessional/page4#_62_toc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots!: People have a 20-30% lifetime risk of growing a colon polyp! many never turn to cancer, and frequent checks should prevent most from turning to cancer by getting them out before they change, thus the recommendation for more frequent colonoscopies in those who have grown polyps before. Studies have clearly shown, colonoscopies prevent colon cancer! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One kind, rarely: There is one rare type of vaginal cancer that is usually seen in young girls. It is called sarcoma botryoides or embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, and looks like a bunch of grapes that hang out through the opening of the vagina. It can be treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: But it depends on multiple variables like family history, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc. Please see this link for a more thorough explanation, and then you should discuss this with your doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more
Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?
Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more
Most do.: Most colorectal cancers arise in adenomatous polyps, which are the type of polyps that are examined for and removed in colonoscopy. Data now shows that removal of colorectal polyps decreases coloretcal cancers as well as the risk of dying from a colorectal cancer. Less frequently, colorectal cancers can be founs that do not arise from polyps. This most often happens in inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you have colorectal cancer w/o polyps? Can colorectal cancer grow where it cannot be seen by colonoscopy? If yes, How are these diagnosed?
Possible bt unlikely: Dear Brand: Most colon cancers are visible with a colonoscopy either as a polyp or as a mass of some sort. However, there are some that are just not in the colon and only show up somewhere else like the liver. While this is certainly possible it is rare and it is typically found with a CT scan done for some other reason. But this is definitely not common. Hope this helps. All the best, Ariel. ...Read more
Here are few thought:
Colon Cancer is often a silent disease in its early stages. That is why a colonoscopy examination is advised at the age of 50 years.
Some people will present with rectal bleeding(Blood in the stools). Abdominal pain and anemia related symptoms(fatigue) can also be a signal of colon cancer. Stool tests(2 of them) are also available through your PCP. ...Read more
Assoc, not cause: Dietary habits that can lead to constipation (low fiber, low intake of whole grains, legumes, fruits and veggies, high fat), can be associated (statistically in populations) with increased rates of colon and rectal cancer. Fiber supplements, vitamin supplements don't help out, diet does. There are other causes for constipation. Discuss with your doc; see a dietician if needed.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibility of colorectal cancer in younger people. Which persons should get colonoscopy <50 years?
Colonoscopy <50 y o: There are several nationally-recognized colonoscopy screening guidelines. Most agree the following patients under 50 year old should undergo colonoscopy:1) afro-american males at age 45; 2) familial syndromes that predispose to early colon ca (fap, lynch syndromes, etc.); 3) inflammatory bowel of longstanding; 4) history of colon ca or adenomatous polyps at young age; 5) other select settings. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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