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Is colon cancer common in young men 22 years old?

Is colon cancer common in young men 22 years old?

Not usaually: Colon cancer is not common before age 50 unless you have a strong family history of early colon cancers. ...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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Should women be more concerned about colon cancer?

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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How fast would colon cancer grow in a 62 year old man?

How fast would colon cancer grow in a 62 year old man?

Variable: It depends more on the cell type of the cancer than the person's age. Usually colon cancers grow fairly slowly, but some can have a more aggressive cell type. ...Read more

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How quickly would colon cancer grow in a 64 yr old man?

How quickly would colon cancer grow in a 64 yr old man?

Each person differs: Every one is different. Age does not affect cancer growth. Depends on the cell type and if the cells are aggressive or not. ...Read more

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I work with a woman who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, how to help?

I work with a woman who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, how to help?

Ask her: This is not a medical answer but in my experience, everyone deals with cancer differently and will accept or appreciate different levels of help. Be ready to stand by what you offer, though. Best to both. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having colon cancer in a 36 year old man with no history of colon cancer in his family?

What are the chances of having colon cancer in a 36 year old man with no history of colon cancer in his family?

Very low.: Unless you have an underlying disease loike ulcerativ colitis or a strong family history of bowel cancer or multiple polyps, your risk is very low. Get off your american diet and go with more grains, veggies and less processed foods! ...Read more

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Why don't women get colonoscopies considering they can get colon cancer too?

Why don't women get colonoscopies considering they can get colon cancer too?

They should: It is recommended that both men and women undergo screening colonoscopy at age 50.Women get colon cancer also. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a 76 year old afrimight it be that a american man survive colon cancer?

Might it be that a a 76 year old afrimight it be that a american man survive colon cancer?

Yes: There have been enumerable advances in the treatment of colon cancer over the past decade. The surgery to remove the cancer is often safe. In the event that chemotherapy is recommended, the response rates are quite high. ...Read more

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I just saw something on tv about a man who died from colon cancer at 29. But I thought this is an old man cancer? Not a young man cancer?

I just saw something on tv about a man who died from colon cancer at 29. But I thought this is an old man cancer? Not a young man cancer?

20yo are getting Ca: Younger patients are developing bowel cancer. Part of the problem is that it is viral in origin arising from polyoma virus. This virus has now been seen in several types of vaccines which are utilizing live but maybe only weakened viruses that may enter the host and over several years mutate to possibly initiate problems. ...Read more

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I simply want to know what are the chances of colon cancer occurring at 18 years old? I'm an 18 year old female. What are the chances of colon cancer?

I simply want to know what are the chances of colon cancer occurring at 18 years old? I'm an 18 year old female. What are the chances of colon cancer?

Extremely rare: In certain cases of congenital polyposis, colon cancer may occur early. The acquired form takes 3 hits to eventually produce a field effect in specific areas of the colon. Here, polyps or cancer may arise. It is felt that this is due to secondary infection from the polyoma virus that induces the original change but then a secondary infection with EBV is needed to induce needed telomerase activit ...Read more

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When should a man get screened for colon cancer if his grandpa died of it in his 40s?

When should a man get screened for colon cancer if his grandpa died of it in his 40s?

Ten years earlier: While a grandfather is not a first degree relative it may suggest an inherited gene problem and may be a good reason to seek genetic counseling and testing. Most cancers are still random events, but I would suggest doing a colonoscopy at age thirty for peace of mind. If negative, then age forty. ...Read more

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Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby? Thank you

Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby? Thank you

Yes: Chemotherapy may supress the ovarian function and may affect one's fertility. However, I think she will actually gradually gain the ovarian function back again- post chemo. Thus theoritically if she wishes to be pregnant -she could have a baby. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread?

What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread?

Variable: There is >50% chance that your colon cancer is cured with surgery already, in which case your life expectancy should be like a normal healthy person. You may benefit from treatment using adjuvant chemotherapy, if your tumor had spread/involved the lymph nodes in the abdomen. Check with your doctor and let us know how many nodes were involved with your tumor? ...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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What are the chances of a for the most part healthy 16 year old female with no family history of cancer getting colon cancer?

What are the chances of a for the most part healthy 16 year old female with no family history of cancer getting colon cancer?

Not worth a worry: Colon Cancer typically occurs in middle aged and older folks. It is extremely rare under 30 years of age. So you need not worry about it unless you develop some serious symptoms which may then require a visit to your doctor. ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

Colon cancer: Colon cancer is rare is young people but can be see in association with diseases such as familial polyposis. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease involving the colon with longstanding colitis are at greater risk of developing colon or rectal cancer than the general population. Patients who develop IBD at a younger age may be at an increased risk when they are older. ...Read more

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I'm 21 year old female, my father was diagnosed and died from colon cancer, I think I may have some problem with my colon as well.

Like what?: Colon cancer is very unlikely at such a young age, but you should get a colonoscopy at age 40. You'll have to be more specific about your symptoms to get any more advice. ...Read more

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Bm earlier, felt a sharp, cutting, feeling before it came out then red blood on toilet paper. Colon cancer? I'm 22 female. No health issues no fam his

Bm earlier, felt a sharp, cutting, feeling before it came out then red blood on toilet paper. Colon cancer? I'm 22 female. No health issues no fam his

Probably not: More likely a small tear, fissure, or hemorrhoid made to bleed by a hard stool or straining. Extra water, fiber, and stool softener will probably sort it out for you in a few days. It bleeding continues, see your doctor for exam. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have anal or colon cancer without a lump in or around the anus? Again, I'm an 18 year old female. I think I might anal/colon cancer.

Is it possible to have anal or colon cancer without a lump in or around the anus? Again, I'm an 18 year old female. I think I might anal/colon cancer.

Please explain: I think both I and some of my friends have tried to reassure you, but the "bottom line" is that if you're having symptoms here that have lasted two weeks or more, it needs to be seen by your personal physician. Cancer's unlikely, but there are a host of other troubles here that can make you miserable. We can't examine you at a distance. Pick up the phone and get seen. ...Read more

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According to wonder cancer stat (cdc) less than 16 Caucasian females aged 20-24 have been diagnosis w colon cancer in 13yrs in sc. Why so few if CC is so big?

According to wonder cancer stat (cdc) less than 16 Caucasian females aged 20-24 have been diagnosis w colon cancer in 13yrs in sc. Why so few if CC is so big?

Colon cancer: Colon cancer is a disease of middle and old age. If you consider colon cancer tto be genetic you can postulate that is caused by late penetrance of the gene ...Read more

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Oncologist recommended chemo pills & IV at same time for stage 4 colon cancer for 63 yr old female. Pros/cons?

Oncologist recommended chemo pills & IV at same time for stage 4 colon cancer for 63 yr old female. Pros/cons?

Every medication: Or treatment has benefits and risks. Your oncologist has recommended this course of treatment based upon his extensive knowledge, education, and experience, and determined that this is the best course alternative. It is not a simple decision to recommend a course of treatment of a malignancy. If you have any doubts, you can always get a second opinion, but it sounds right to me. ...Read more

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For a 30 year female patient diagnosed with stage iii-b colon cancer, what are the expected specific rather than general side effects of folfox?

For a 30 year female patient diagnosed with stage iii-b colon cancer, what are the expected specific rather than general side effects of folfox?

Depends on person: Folfox is a combination of chemo drugs, including oxaliplatin and Fluorouracil (5fu), and leucovorin and varies a bit by how and when they are given. The side effect profile includes suppression of bone marrow function, neuropathy (numbness or tingling), GI symptoms, fatigue, hair loss, mouth sores, , rash, and others. Individuals will experience varying degrees and types of side effects. ...Read more

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I think I might have colon cancer. Is it possible for colon cancer to spread to the lymph nodes in my neck? If so how likely? I'm 18 years old. Female

I think I might have colon cancer. Is it possible for colon cancer to spread to the lymph nodes in my neck? If so how likely? I'm 18 years old. Female

Not Very Likely: Given your age it is highly unlikely you have colon cancer. Major factors that increase the risk of colon cancer include family history, age, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most common cause of swollen lymph nodes in neck are a recent viral or bacterial infection. See your doctor if you are concerned or have concerning gastrointestinal complaints. ...Read more

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I am a 60 year old woman, and I feel movement in my lower stomach like a baby. Could this be a sign of colon cancer?

I am a 60 year old woman, and I feel movement in my lower stomach like a baby. Could this be a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: A partial blockage in your colon can cause the bowel behind to work harder to move the fecal stream along. This extra activity may be what you're feeling. You should visit your doctor and have it checked out. ...Read more

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I'm an 18 year old female. I want to know if black lumps in the stool could indicate colon cancer. Is that how blood from colon cancer looks?

I'm an 18 year old female. I want to know if black lumps in the stool could indicate colon cancer. Is that how blood from colon cancer looks?

Black stool: Blood in the stool, if not fresh, tends to look dark, black, and tests positive with hematest reagent. Colon cancer is a much more involved diagnosis that is usually made with the appropriate biopsy, and a host of signs and symptoms such as failure to thrive, cachexia, poor appetite, weight loss, and declining health in general... Black stools only potentially indicates blood in the stool ...Read more

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Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

Stage 4 mastatic colon cancer, multiple tumors and organs removed (2 surgeries) an inoperable tumor and c diff. 54 yr old woman. Life expectancy?

In general...: Stage 4 colon cancer patients have only a 5% 2 yr survival rate. There's no way to better define an individual's life expectancy. Good luck to all involved. ...Read more

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Are there any genetic tests required (other than kras) for a 30 year old female with stage iii-b colon cancer after surgery and before adjuvant chemo?

MSI testing: Msi testing is routine at most centers to screen for lynch syndrome. Braf can also be a quick selection. Kras testing is currently not clinically used for early stage crc (1-3), given the negative adjuvant egfr agent trials. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 78 year female with colon cancer that has methasized to the liver and ovary with no treatment?

What is the life expectancy of a 78 year female with colon cancer that has methasized to the liver and ovary with no treatment?

Not good: A good prognosis calculator is available at the MD Anderson website, but please note that among criteria used, functional or nutritional status as well as comorbidities are not factored in and sometimes they make a big difference. She will most likely qualify for hospice services, prognosis estimated at 6 months if there is noticeable decline. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a woman in her mid 30s to develope colon cancer? Constipation, narrow stool alternating with diarrhea and pain for 4 weeks.

Is it possible for a woman in her mid 30s to develope colon cancer? Constipation, narrow stool alternating with diarrhea and pain for 4 weeks.

Yes, but unlikely: With the changes in your stool and symptoms, it would be very important to get in and be evaluated. It sounds like you need a colonoscopy and stool studies. While waiting for your appointment, you can get a a whole food diet, increase your fiber and take a good probiotic. also make sure you are hydrating well. Make sure you get in - getting your gut healthy again will make you feel much better ...Read more

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I'm a 34 yr old female. My 63 y/o mother has colon cancer. Should I seek genetic testing? What are the pros/cons re: the genetic testing for me?

I'm a 34 yr old female. My 63 y/o mother has colon cancer. Should I seek genetic testing? What are the pros/cons re: the genetic testing for me?

Screening yes: But not genetic testing, just having one family member is not an indication for genetic testing, how ever with that history you should have screening colonoscopy on regular basis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Grandma stage 4 colon cancer doing home chemo, is the sweat saliva fluid discharge toxic? Pregnant women n kids should avoid contact?

Grandma stage 4 colon cancer doing home chemo, is the sweat saliva fluid discharge toxic? Pregnant women n kids should avoid contact?

No: From cancer.Org:

the only bodily fluid that could be considered 'toxic' would be urine. Men and women should sit to urinate to avoid splash transfer. Saliva and sweat will not have markedly amounts of chemicals. Just love on her as normal! ...Read more

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58 year old female. Pain in lower left stomach and pencil shaped stools. In past diagonised with diverticulites. Could be colon cancer?

Go see your DR: For your annual stool occult blood test.
Colon cancer usually present with positive blood in stool with anemia. Weight loss, loss of appetite and fatigue could happen at the later stage of colon cancer.
Only a colonoscopy with biopsy of suspicious mass will confirm colon cancer.
Go see a gastroenterologist to calm your mind. ...Read more

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32 yr old female. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer?

32 yr old female. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer?

Colon cancer: 32 F. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer? ANS: Possible but not likely at your age unless you have strong FH of colon CA. I would tell y0ur Dr and have stool checked for blood and have rectal exam and then colonoscopy. Keep me posted. ...Read more

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Am I overreacting? I am 19, female. Family history of colon cancer and I am afraid I am showing symptoms. Musty stool, tight stomach, short pains etc.

I think you're fine: The typical signs of colon cancer are a change in bowel habits and/or stool caliber. Blood in the stool and/or anemia may also be present. The good news for you is that it is rare to see this before age 40. Tight stomach and short (perhaps you mean fleeting?) pains are not typical. That said, a visit with your physician to look into your symptoms would be wise. ...Read more

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Paranoid about colon cancer. Great grandmother had it at 70. had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Not likely: Unlikely that you have colon cancer as such a young age, but there's no harm n consulting a gastroenterologist, especially if the symptom persist. ...Read more

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Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Need colonoscopy: Your history and ct study are classic for acute diverticulitis. Nevertheless, we always advise having a colonoscopy after your first episode of diverticulitis (well-after the episode resolves) since inflammatory bowel disease or even colon cancer can demonstrate comparable ct findings as described. ...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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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


Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more