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Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Yes: The large intestine and the colon are words to describe the same anatomic structure in the abdomen. ...Read more

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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Colon cancer any signs?

Colon cancer any signs?

Not always: Colon cancer tends to not have any signs or symptoms when it is early (when it is easiest to treat). That is why screening colonoscopies are so important, to remove any polyps that may become cancer, and to directly look for cancers. Colon cancer can cause bleeding from the rectum, tiredness from anemia, stool changes, or abdominal pain. Other things can cause this too. Best to be seen if ?S. ...Read more

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Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Not directly usually: There is debate about how closely these 2 cancers are related. Both have hereditary natures and are more common generally in obese patients. Both often begin with more benign precursor lesions like dcis for breast cancer and benign polyps for colon cancer. Both are very common but there is little evidence that having either predisposes to having the other. ...Read more

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Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Rarely.: Some hereditary mutations may increase the risk of both breast and colon cancer. Nevertheless, the majority of all breast and colon cancers are not hereditary. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer genetic?

Is colon cancer genetic?

Sometimes: Some colon cancers are related to specific genetic mutations but the majority are not. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer curable?

Is colon cancer curable?

Yes: Yes. Many people are cured with colon cancer. If found early surgery alone may be curable. If more advanced (eg, lymph node involvement or metastatic = spread to areas outside of colon), then chemotherapy may be needed. While less likely, even a few % of people with metastatic colon ca may be cured. ...Read more

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Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Depends on stage: Chemotherapy is never used for stage 1 cancers (early). It is sometimes used in stage 2 cancers (early but more advanced than stage 1). Chemotherapy is definitely beneficial in stage 3 cancers (locally advanced) and in stage 4 cancers (distant spread). ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fatal?

Is colon cancer fatal?

Not Necessarily: It depends on the stage at diagnosis and the treatment obtained. ...Read more

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Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Possible: But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable. ...Read more

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Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Yes: NOT "curable" but definitely treatable...Direct perfusion anti-neoplastic drugs for one approach and possible immune therapy on the "horizon" ...A positive attitude is necessary and helpful.. METASTATIC .CANCER IS A CHRONIC DISEASE! ...Read more

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I'm concerned about prostate cancer metastasis. Where can prostate cancer spread?

I'm concerned about prostate cancer metastasis. Where can prostate cancer spread?

In theory, prostate cancer cells can spread anywhere in the body: In practice, though, most cases of prostate cancer metastasis occur in the lymph nodes and the bones. Prostate cancer metastasis occurs when cells break away from the tumor in the prostate. The cancer cells can travel through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream to other areas of the body. More commonly prostate cancer metastasis can occur in the: Bones, Lymph nodes, Lungs, Liver, Brain. Rare locations of prostate cancer metastasis include: Adrenal glands, Breasts, Eyes, Kidneys, Muscles, Pancreas, Salivary glands, Spleen. If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer and you're concerned about prostate cancer metastasis, talk with your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer metastasis and your treatment options. ...Read more

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Colon cancer or colorectal cancer, what's the difference?

Colon cancer or colorectal cancer, what's the difference?

Location: Cancers that arise from the epithelium of the large intestine are similar in most ways whether they are in the colon or rectum. Discussions of "colon cancer" unspecified usually mean "colorectal" unless stated otherwise. Usage, including by me, is often sloppy. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer preventable?

For the most part.: Early detection via colonosocpy, not ignoring symptoms such as bleeding, change in bowels, anemia, unintentional weight loss, and not assuming all rectal bleeding is from hemorrhoids are some ways to reduce your chances and maybe prevent colon cancer from developing. ...Read more

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Does uterine cancer increase the risk for colon cancer?

Does uterine cancer increase the risk for colon cancer?

Sometimes: There is a familial disorder known as lynch syndrome which increases both the risk of colon cancer and endometrial (uterine) cancer. About 5% of all colon cancers are caused by lynch syndrome. If a family has multiple cases of both colon and endometrial cancer or colon cancer under the age of 40, lynch syndrome should be considered. ...Read more

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Why is the colon prone to cancer in hnpcc (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)?

Why is the colon prone to cancer in hnpcc (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)?

Genetic mutations: HNPCC or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer is an autosomal dominant genetic condition that has a high risk of colon cancer The disease first described by Lynch and is associated with other cancers including endometrial ovary and stomach. The increased risk is due to inherited mutations that impair DNA mismatch repair. .Individuals with HNPCC have an 80% lifetime risk for colon ca. ...Read more

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Colorectal cancer causes?

Colorectal cancer causes?

Heredity & diet: The cause is not known in most cases. In a small number the cause is clearly heredity, e.g., apc and hnpcc. In the garden variety colon cancer, a diet low in fiber and rich in fats may increase the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Is rectal cancer hereditary?

Is rectal cancer hereditary?

Usually not : Most patients with rectal cancer have not inherited it. A small subset have genetic mutations that put them at risk. Probably around 5 % of rectal cancers are hereditary. ...Read more

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Are there any stomach cancer and colon cancer molecular screening tests?

Are there any stomach cancer and colon cancer molecular screening tests?

Yes : Colon cancer can be genetic and there a re criteria that can apply and genetic testing is available. There is also a blood level you can check called cea . For stomach cancer like adenocarcina there is no genetic testing. There are familial syndromes like men that can cause stomach tumors called gastronomas or ze syndrome. If concerned can talk to your doctor. But overall these things very rare. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer and olvarian cancer often related?

Is colon cancer and olvarian cancer often related?

No: Colon Cancer is induced for the most part in non hereditary disease by viral transfection. The most common organism is the polyoma virus. Ovarian cancer is not derived from this viral event. Colon cancer begins in the mucosa of the bowel where ovarian Ca is an epithelial disease similar to that of peritoneal carcinomatosis. The only relationship is when colon metastasizes to ovary. ...Read more

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Should women be more concerned about colon cancer?

Maybe.: Overall, colon cancer is more common in men than women in the United States. However, genetics, age, and lifestyle factors can alter an individual's risk. ...Read more

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I have a family history of colon cancer, grandpa died of it at 42. Should I be concerned?

I have a family history of colon cancer, grandpa died of it at 42. Should I be concerned?

Perhaps: Colon cancer at a young age may be associated with a familial predisposition. What is the history of other related family members?Typically we would recommend starting colorectal cancer screening earlier in a patient with a family history. Usually 10 years earlier, i.e. 32 in this case. This would certainly be true for your father or mother. Other assoc cancers, include uterine, ovarian, pancreas. ...Read more

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I have been having lose bows is it something to be concerned with especially because my mom had colon cancer?

Loose Bowels: Most common causes for new diarrhea are dietary changes, emotional distress, medication side effects and infection. If you cannot rehydrate adequately, have blood, losing weight, or are over 50years old then seek urgent care. If diarrhea persists for over 5 days, or if it occurs many days for a month or longer, then a physician will need to begin a work up to determine cause. Cancer risk is low. ...Read more

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2 yrs. After a colonoscopy i had another and they found a large polyp in the colon is that unusual? I have colon cancer in my family is that a concern

Not unusual. : Colon polyps recur or you grow new ones. This is why it is important to have regular colonoscopies, especially with your personal and family history. ...Read more

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Hi. If my father has had colon cancer should I be concerned and is there any preventive procedures I should consider? Regards

Hi. 
If my father has had colon cancer should I be concerned and is there any preventive procedures I should consider?
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Colonoscopy: A family history of colon cancer is a risk factor for you to get colon cancer. Colon cancer always develops from a colon polyp. If such a polyp is removed, the risk for it to progress to a cancer is removed. Therefore a colonoscopy with removal of polyps (if present) is indicated. You are 39 y and that is a good age for you to arrange your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

See answer: FIRST OFF, IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20'S OR 30'S COLON CA IS UNCOMMON. The incidence increases with age. Colon cancer has NO symptoms in it's early phase. Cancer of the right colon presents with anemia, changes in BM or pain are a very late sign. Cancer of left colon may cause rectal bleeding and/or anemia and eventually a change in BM. see> http://bit.ly/1JhGenE and http://bit.ly/1VlC078 ...Read more

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How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

Pencil thin stool: Pencil thin stools should generally be like that. However any change in bowel habits or bleeding should prompt evaluation by your pcp gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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My Dr. says my anus is inflamed and that is why I c blood on stool. Said he's not concerned. I am still worried. 41 no family hist of colon cancer?

My Dr. says my anus is inflamed and that is why I c blood on stool. Said he's not concerned. I am still worried. 41 no family hist of colon cancer?

? hemorrhoids: I f you were examined and had a rectal exam by your doctor , Most likely you might be having hemorrhoids. But make sure with your Doctor the diagnosis is hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Urine culture positive for strep bovis and ecoli. On levoquin and feeling better. Should I be concerned for colon cancer given the bovis?

Urine culture positive for strep bovis and ecoli. On levoquin and feeling better. Should I be concerned for colon cancer given the bovis?

Not necessarily : the strongest association has been seen when people have this infection in their blood and/or heart valves. Even with these infections, colon cancer is only discovered in perhaps 25% of people. the association is not as strong with infections at other sites. depending on your age and risk factors- it is always a good idea to see a doctor and determine if a colonoscopy is indicated. ...Read more

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Is 1/2 a penny size of mucus in stools 3x/wk and loose stools 1x/week a cause for concern? Could it be colon cancer? No family history.

Is 1/2 a penny size of mucus in stools 3x/wk and loose stools 1x/week a cause for concern? Could it be colon cancer? No family history.

Here are some...: Seeing various amount of mucus coated on stool is common and not clinically significant as long as having no blood, moving bowel regularly, and living a healthy active vibrant life. More? Ask Doc timely. If still in doubt, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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Everytime I use the restroom I have a bowel movement after. It's mixed with stools & liquid. I also lot of gas Should I be concerned for colon Cancer?

Everytime I use the restroom I have a bowel movement after. It's mixed with stools & liquid. I  also lot of gas Should I be concerned for colon Cancer?

Not cancer!: what do you mean about mixed with stool and water. Is the water loose stool or urine . And the urine is it coming out from the rectum or it coming out as usual from urethra and get mixed with the stool. Your concern is that every time you are going to the bathroom to pee you end up having a bowel movement?.I am not really sure what is your concern . Either way cancer is not a problem ...Read more

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What is colon cancer?

What is colon cancer?

Cancer of the colon: Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). There are estimated 103, 170 (colon); 40, 290 (rectal) new cases and 51, 690 (colon and rectal combined) deaths from colon cancer in us in 2012. Screening with colonoscopy started at age of 50. ...Read more

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What is colon cancer?

Cancers: Cancers are abnormal, rapidly growing cells that do not know when to stop growing. These abnormal cells can damage local tissues, can attach to nearby organs or structures, can spread to lymph nodes, or can spread to other organs through the blood stream. Their growth damages what they are attached to, and often cancers encourage new blood flow to themselves. Cancer can grow in the colon. ...Read more

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Colon cancer any signs?

Not always: Colon cancer tends to not have any signs or symptoms when it is early (when it is easiest to treat). That is why screening colonoscopies are so important, to remove any polyps that may become cancer, and to directly look for cancers. Colon cancer can cause bleeding from the rectum, tiredness from anemia, stool changes, or abdominal pain. Other things can cause this too. Best to be seen if ?S. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck. ...Read more

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What cures colon cancer ?

What cures colon cancer
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Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening.Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs. ...Read more

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What causes colon cancer?

Very complicated: Monoclonal theory says that just like we are a living thing, we are born, we have jobs to do and then we die, each cell has a similar cycle of birth, life, and death. Cancer occurs when a cell develops so many mutations that it does not follow that cycle and does not die but can still divide itself and hides from our immune system which is there to detect abnormal cells and destroy them. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more