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Is colitis associated with colon cancer?

Is colitis associated with colon cancer?

Sometimes: Some patients with a long-standing history of ulcerative colitis can develop colon cancers- this typically happens in those with a 20-30 year history of colitis. Patients with colitis from infections are not at increased risk. ...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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What percentage of ppl with UC get colon cancer? are colon cancer statistics the same for ppl who have mild colitis?

What percentage  of ppl with UC get colon cancer? are colon cancer statistics the same for ppl who have mild colitis?

Duration dependent: Colorectal cancer risk 5 to 10 percent after 20 years and 12 to 20 percent after 30 years of disease. Also depends on extent of disease. This with disease proximal to hepatic flexure have a greater risk than those with left colon involvement only. (UpToDate) Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between the symptoms of colon cancer and ulcerative colitis?

How can you distinguish between the symptoms of colon cancer and ulcerative colitis?

You can't always.: Symptoms for colon cancer and ulcerative colitis can be similar. These include weight loss, changes in bowel habits, diarrhea, and sometimes blood in the stool. The only way to rule out colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. If you have a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, you are at a higher risk of getting colon cancer. So see a doctor for any of these symptoms! ...Read more

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How can I reduce the risk of getting colon cancer? I have ulcerative colitis so i understand i'm already at a higher risk.

How can I reduce the risk of getting colon cancer? I have ulcerative colitis so i understand i'm already at a higher risk.

Examination: Having active medical care, proper medical treatment of the ulcerative colitis & having gastroenterologist who does serial colonoscopy with biopsy to watch for potential cellular dysplasia. Control the colitis with assistance of your doctors. ...Read more

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Hello i have microscopic colitis. Does this make me more predisposed to gastric or colon cancer? What causes this condition?

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i have microscopic colitis. Does this make me more predisposed to gastric or colon cancer? What causes this condition?

No: There is no relationship or increased risk of cancer. The cause is unknown but can be associated with certain drugs. Your gastroenterologist hould also exclude celiac disease as microscopic colitis can be seen in this condition too. ...Read more

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What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?

What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?

High risk of cancer: Recurrence risk given cancer is a function of the stage of cancer when diagnosed, independent of uc. However, uc patients have an approximately 1% per year risk of new cancer appearing. Because of this high risk, total colectomy has been the standard of care for uc. If you have any colon left, it should be examined and biopsied periodically looking for dysplasia, the precursor of cancerous change. ...Read more

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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

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Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?

I am not aware: of such data. It is generally accepted that risk of malignancy is proportional to duration of active colitis, so it follows that it is most important to keep the disease under control as much as possible. Confer with your gi specialist for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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Red blood and mucus in stool.Very strong history of colon cancer. Intense lower abdominal pain. Mother also has ulcerative colitis. Suggestions?

Red blood and mucus in stool.Very strong history of colon cancer. Intense lower abdominal pain. Mother also has ulcerative colitis. Suggestions?

See a GI doc!: You are describing the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, which causes an increased risk of colon cancer. Other things could be going on, but any time you have bloody stool you must see a doctor! you will likely need a colonoscopy for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


Dr. Peter Ihle
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more