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Colon Cancer Awareness Month
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
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
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
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
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"?
Is it true that colon cancer can take years before causing symptoms? So a cat scan i had just a month ago showing nothing could be good news?
Yes...: Colon and rectal cancer is usually a slowly growing tumor in the colon or rectum. From its earliest beginnings as a colon polyp its estimated to take 10-15 years to grow into a cancer. A standard ct scan of the abdomen/pelvis is not a good or accurate test for early detection of colon cancer. Colonoscopy is the best test for early detection of polyps or cancer in the rectum and colon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been having really bad intestinal pain since april last year 2013, so approx. 9 months, if i had colon cancer, would i be dead by now?
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
Is diarrhea a symptom of colon cancer? In the past month I've had 3-4 acute diarrhea attacks, which is abnormal for me. No dietary changes either.
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