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Colon Cancer Awareness Month
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
Definitely!: Absolutely. This is why it is so important for everyone to have a colonoscopy starting at age 50, or possibly earlier if there is a strong family history of colon cancer. Your primary doctor will advise you when to start being screened for colon cancer depending on your risk factors. This is one disease where screening really saves lives, since there may be no early signs like pain or bleeding. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
unlikely Dx: Some times possible but only 17 months ago you had scope , you have an attack of diverticulits . See your doctor for examination , reevaluation and possible rx of antibiotics , if perforates will be a surgical emergency ...Read more
Why do you read that someone had a clean colonoscopy and then 24 months later they have full blown colon cancer, since it is "slow growing"?
When they say colon cancer bleeds intermittently, do they mean every few days?Week?, months?Years? My dr said most colon cancers bleed continuously.
Colon Cancer Bleed: The colon cancers that bleed are usually located on the right side of the colon. The bleeding from these cancers is usually very slow and are not often detected by the naked eye. You may notice that your bowel movements appear darker in color. More significant bleeding would appear bright red. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a scope shows that I have colon cancer after 6 months of low iron and other symptoms, what are my chances of survival if i've had it for that long?
DEPENDS: The prognosis for colon cancer does not depend on the length of time that you have had symptoms. It does depend on size and depth of the tumor, if it has spread to lymph nodes or other places and genetics of the cancer itself. Some patients have very advanced tumors with no symptoms while some have symptoms and have a very curable cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How fast does colon cancer progress? Dad (50 years old)was recommended colonoscopy 8 months ago. He never went. Little bit worried.
Varies: On average, it takes about 10 years from the initiation of damage to invasive colon cancer, but there is considerable variation. Your dad my not have colon cancer, Colonoscopy is for early detection and prevention of colon cancer and it is a good idea for your dad to have it done. ...Read more
Can colon cancer spread to a aortocaval node ? This was note few months after surgery by a pet scan .
I've been diagnosed of IBS 8 months ago.My question is if this was colon cancer things would be much worse by now right?"
Not necessarily: Some colon cancers are very slow growing and may not have significant worsening of symptoms over 8 months. However, the symptoms of colon cancer are usually quite different than ibs symptoms. But having ibs does not mean you might not also have colon cancer. The best way to be sure you don't have that is to get a colonoscopy. In the us screening colonoscopies are advised for all people at age 50. ...Read more
How many months/ years does it take for mets to be visible with colon cancer ? My dad had all clear scans until after surgery.
6 mo to one year: Many feel that if a lesion is localized, Dukes A that mets wont occur. If a C2 lesion with 4 or more nodes present and preop scans are neg while there is a high incidence of recurrent or metastatic tumor it will take somewhere around one year for cells that have broken free prior to surgery to implant and grow to present with scan visibility. That's why in such cases adjuvanct chemo employed . ...Read more
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
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