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How does colon cancer generally develop?

How does colon cancer generally develop?

From polyps usually: Almost all colon cancers start off as a polyp, hence the push for colonoscopy screening looking for polyps. Only 20% of colon cancers are hereditary, meaning the rest are environmentally related to foods we eat and chemicals we are exposed too. If you are over 50 or have risl factors get regular colonoscopies. ...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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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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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

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Can colon cancer patients get a colon transplant?

Can colon cancer patients get  a colon transplant?

No, not needed: The good news is that you don't absolutely need your colon. For most colon cancers, the amount of colon that needs to be removed will not be missed. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Yes: In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age. ...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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How are colon cancer and intestinal cancer different?

How are colon cancer and intestinal cancer different?

Can be the same: The intestines are a group of structures including stomach, small intestine and large intestine (which is the colon). Cancers can form in any of these sites, but large intestine (colon) cancer is most common. So colon cancer is a type of intestinal cancer. ...Read more

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What percentage of lynch syndrome patients develop colon polyps by age 60? Not cancer but just polyps

What percentage of lynch syndrome patients develop colon polyps by age 60? Not cancer but just polyps

Colon ca, not polyps: Lynch syndrome affects a minority of patients, as it is a rare condition that is often inherited (in about 30% of pts). Of these pts, about 70% will develop colon cancer - most of them by age 60. The risk is high. But the syndrome causes NON-polyp colon cancer, not polyps. It usually requires colon removal (colectomy) to reduce risk. Use HealthTap Prime or talk to your gastroenterologist about sym ...Read more

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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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For what reason colon part is usually prone to cancer in hnpcc (hereditary hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)?

For what reason colon part is usually prone to cancer in hnpcc (hereditary hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)?

Genetic disorder: Hnpcc also called lynch syndrome results from at least four type of genetic defects involving genes needed for repair of damaged dna. See this site for more info. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lynch-syndrome. ...Read more

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Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Mutations: There are many theories. One is that cancer is often the result of several mutations in cells that occur over time. It may take several of these mutations over time to cause cancer. Another is that certain cell growth control systems get inactivated over the years. This is call epigenetic change. Also over time more environmental exposures take their toll. Age allows more of these thing to happe. ...Read more

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Can teenagers develope pancreatic cancer?

Can teenagers develope pancreatic cancer?

Very rare: Pancreatoblastoma (infantile pancreatic carcinoma, reported case and secondary metastatic cancer could happen more in children. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer cause abscess in the colon?

Does colon cancer cause abscess in the colon?

It can: If the cancer perforates the wall of the colon allowing feces to spill into localized area, an abscess can form. This more commonly happens with diverticulitis but can happen with cancer as well. ...Read more

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Which cancer is more dangerous: rectal or colon cancer?

Which cancer is more dangerous: rectal or colon cancer?

The higher stage: The one with the higher stage would be more dangerous. ...Read more

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Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or  does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Gallbladder: No not at all if you need your gallbladder out then do it because the risk of gallbladder disease far far outweighs any slight theoretical risk of colon cancer. ...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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In general, how treatable is stage 1-2 colon cancer?

In general, how treatable is stage 1-2 colon cancer?

Very!: Both stage i and ii mean that the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes and as such, they are much more easily treated with very high survival rates. Surgery alone is generally adequate unless someone with stage ii has high risks. ...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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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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


Colonic (Definition)

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