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What is recurrent colon cancer risk if inadequate margins were taken?

What is recurrent colon cancer risk if inadequate margins were taken?

High: Recurrence risk is based on multiple pathological factors. Inadequate surgery is a significant predictor for recurrence and the patient should be reevaluated soon. Pathologic review and further surgery should be considered. ...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 my colon cancer risk increased if the only family members who've had it were 3rd Degree and only 1 died & was 45 & also was 4th OR 3rd degree?

Is my colon cancer risk increased if the only family members who've had it were 3rd
Degree and only 1 died & was 45 & also was 4th OR 3rd degree?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that a 3rd or 4th degree relative having the disease increases your risk above the base line or background risk. When you turn 40 discuss with your doctor if you should have an early colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Yes: If you have a strong family history of colon cancer in several 1st degree relatives, you may be a candidate for genetic testing, however if the test is negative it just means you do not have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. 80% of colon cancers occur in individuals with no family history and hence would have a negative genetic test. ...Read more

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Fiber is supposed to decrease colon cancer risk, but does chronic constipation increase the cancer risk even if a person eats tons of fiber?

Fiber is supposed to decrease colon cancer risk, but does chronic constipation increase the cancer risk even if a person eats tons of fiber?

Colon cancer: The relationship between high fiber intake and colon cancer is still somewhat controversial with studies going both ways. But a high fiber diet is beneficial in many other ways as well. There are no quality clinical data to suggest constipation is a risk factor for colon cancer. ...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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Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are risk factors for colon cancer?

See below: There are number of factors including heredity, smoking, diet, alcohol, colon inflammation. See this site for detailed information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cancer/ds00035/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for colon cancer?

What are the risk factors for colon cancer?

Heredity: This is the major factor that everyone agrees increases risk, but many colon cancer patients have no family history. Diet and especially meat eating have given contradictory results when studied. Ulcerative colitis and some other illnesses greatly increase risk. Screening is key to surviving colon cancer. ...Read more

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What factors affect prognosis with colon cancer?

What factors affect prognosis with colon cancer?

Staging & treat soon: Staging addresses prognosis--based on tumor depth of local invasion through colon & spread of tumor (metastasis) to sites distant from primary mass. Histology (microscopic typing), genetic factors (polyposis syndromes), age of onset, co-morbidities, completeness of removal, & environmental factors (for example Aspirin increase survivability) all play roles. Early detection & removal is key here. ...Read more

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What are risk factors involved with colon cancer?

What are risk factors involved with colon cancer?

Risks: Risks of any cancer is that it grows or spreads to other organs. Colon cancer has risks of bleeding, intestinal blockage, cancer spreading to lymph nodes or to other organs, intestinal perforation if neglected long enough. ...Read more

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If theres hereditary predisposition of colon cancer how often should a person do colonoscopy and wha are the risk factors? And What is polyposis test?

If theres hereditary predisposition of colon cancer how often should a person do colonoscopy and wha are the risk factors? And What is polyposis test?

Colon CA/screening: ACS screening for families that have a strong history. There are families that have predisposition to develop color and rectal CA. They say screening should start 10 yrs prior to the family members Dx. Say mom Dx at 40, screening would start at 30 in her family. Once you've had the first scope re can be made on the frequency, every 3 to 5 yrs depending on number of members Dx. ...Read more

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Are the people with family history/genetic factors the only ones who have colon cancer in their lower twenties?

Are the people with family history/genetic factors the only ones who have colon cancer in their lower twenties?

No: The prevalence of identifiable genetic risk factors much higher among young people who get colon cancer. However, not all such young people have identifiable genetic risk factors. It's likely that many genetic abnormalities leading to cancer have not yet been discovered. ...Read more

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How to identify the risk factors(determinants) of lung cancer, aids, &colon cancer?

How to identify the risk factors(determinants) of lung cancer, aids, &colon cancer?

Lifestyle choices: Cigarette smoking, promiscuous unprotected sex, and low fiber diet or positve family history are simple answers for your listed afflictions, respectively. Screening tests for lung cancer (CT chest), and colon cancer (colonoscopy) are available. Check the American Cancer Society website to determine if you fit the appropriate category to have these exams. ...Read more

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Can this be colon cancer?

Not enough info: Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia. If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How to know if colon cancer ?

How to know if colon cancer ?

Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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. Suzanne Galli
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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