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Can I get rectal cancer at the age of 20 years?

Can I get rectal cancer at the age of 20 years?

Unlikely: A few people have genetic disorders and may develop colon/rectal cancer at an early age, otherwise it is uncommon before the age of 40 or so. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Stage 1 rectal cancer 6 years ago- recurrence possible?

Stage 1 rectal cancer 6 years ago- recurrence possible?

Yes: Recurrences are always possible, even up to 10 years out, but the majority of rectal cancers recur within 3-5 years. You should continue getting exams and colonoscopies, especially since you are young and healthy! ...Read more

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What CEA value conisdered a risk of rectal cancer stage 1 recurr. Preoper the value is 2.2 and since two years its arround .7?

What CEA value conisdered a risk of rectal cancer  stage 1 recurr. Preoper the value is 2.2 and since two years its arround .7?

Be careful..: Do not put too much value on a blood test by itself. CEA of 3 or less is considered "normal". Smokers have higher CEAs; up to 5, maybe 10. Anything higher than that is suspicious but by no means diagnostic of recurrence. So called "tumor markers" sometimes go up in non malignant diseases or even for no detectable reason at all. Scans and sometimes biopsies are needed to confirm cancer. Best 2U! ...Read more

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What does slight increase from .7 to 1 CEA level indicates after resecting rectal cancer stage 1 two years back . The preope value 2.2?

What does slight increase from .7 to 1 CEA level indicates after resecting rectal cancer stage 1 two years back .  The preope value 2.2?

It is normal: Your CEA is normal, so why bother checking it. I would advise not to check it unless there is clear cut indication. it can only cause you more anxiety and little benefit! ...Read more

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2 years old an possibility of having colon/rectal cancer. What can be done?

2 years old an possibility of having colon/rectal cancer. What can be done?

Confusing question: You say 2 yo and at possible colorectal cancer? Never heard of this.Years ago i recall an 8 yo that was part of a cancer family grouping studied at md anderson. Never anyone this young. I would consider anyone who told you this was possible to be misinformed. ...Read more

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My friend 58 had rectal cancer was treated with chemo and radiation 2 years later just been told psa count 33 is this cancer?

My friend 58 had rectal cancer was treated with chemo and radiation 2 years later just been told psa count 33 is this cancer?

Second test might : Be needed, it really depends on various factors beside age and history of cancer, your doctor should suggest another psa test , to confirm. ...Read more

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I've had blood in my stool for years. I've had hemorrhoid problems for a while but it has always been bright red. Chance of rectal cancer?

I've had blood in my stool for years. I've had hemorrhoid problems for a while but it has always been bright red. Chance of rectal cancer?

Low: Why have you not gotten treated for hemorrhoids? You can lose enough blood from these to become anemic. Please see your doctor for treatment and s/he can check you for rectal cancer as well. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?

Relatively, yes: Colon and rectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States. It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths. Estimates for 2012 are 103, 170 colon & 40, 290 rectal cancer. Overall there is a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. Rectal cancers alone are relatively common. In comparison, rectal cancer is as common as leukemia (44, 600). ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more