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Curious: What are the chances of colon cancer in someone age 34, non smoker, rare drinker, no fam hx, healthy weight (BMI around 21 or 22)?

Curious: What are the chances of colon cancer in someone age 34, non smoker, rare drinker, no fam hx, healthy weight (BMI around 21 or 22)?

Low risk before 50: Colon Cancer and Age 90% of new cases and 95% of deaths from colon cancer occur in people 50 or older. However, colon cancer does not discriminate and can happen to men and women at any age. While rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years has been increasing. Just launched! New pages with tons of information about young-onset colon cancer, who’s at highest risk and resources for you. Check them out! Colon Cancer and Ethnicity and Race Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews) may have a higher rate of colon cancer. Partly because of disproportionate screening, African-American men and women have a higher risk of developing colon cancer and a lower survival rate (about 20% higher incidence rate and 45% higher mortality rate) compared to Caucasians, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans. The risk of death is also increased for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. Colon Cancer and Family History People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or children) who has colon cancer are between two and three times the risk of developing the cancer than those without a family history. ...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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I need help! How do I know if I have colon cancer or some other health condition?

I need help! How do I know if I have colon cancer or some other health condition?

MD: This is such a common question and yet the answer is evident. You need to visit a doctor to get an exam and maybe some tests (BTW, at age 50 you should start screening colonoscopies). There is no way to help you online. Go see a doctor please and best to you. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

Depends: While colon cancer that has spread distantly is considered stage IV (of 4) and has the worst prognosis, there are patients with isolated metastasis to the liver who do quite well with surgical resection with or without chemotherapy. We find that 40% of those with resectable liver tumors can live over 5 years. Consider evaluation at a cancer center with a surgical oncologist or hpb surgeon. ...Read more

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How common is liver or colon cancer at age 20? Never smoke or drink, very fit and otherwise healthy. Male.

How common is liver or colon cancer at age 20? Never smoke or drink, very fit and otherwise healthy. Male.

Rare: Unless you have a familial hereditary colon ployposis or other increased risk factors, colon cancer would be rare. Liver cancer is even more rare in us unless you have liver cirrhosis or exposure to hepatitis virus. ...Read more

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Is weight loss a common symptom of colon cancer?

Is weight loss a common symptom of colon cancer?

Maybe: It can be a symptom but there are many other reasons for weight loss. A thorough evaluation should be done by a qualified physician to determine the cause of the weight loss. ...Read more

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Is weight loss an early symptom for colon cancer or for advanced ?

Is weight loss an early symptom for colon cancer or for advanced ?

If colon cancer: Is the only cause of weight loss and there are no other causes, it is a late sign. ...Read more

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Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Perhaps: Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. ...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. James Krick
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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