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Are colon cancer and prostate cancer the same thing?

Are colon cancer and prostate cancer the same thing?

Colon and Prostate C: No, each originates from a different place. Colon cancer originates from the inner surface of the colon, the mucosa and prostate cancer originates from the glands of the prostate. The colon is a part of the gastrointestinal system while the prostate is part of the genitourinary tract. ...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 there a connection between colon cancer and prostate cancer?

Is there a connection between colon cancer and prostate cancer?

None: Colon cancer grows within the lumen of the bowel until a population of invasive cells spread to serosa and then nodes. It is probably secondary to a polyoma virus. Prostate Ca which is hormonally controlled probably arises from the MMTV virus entering the Wnt-1 gene to induce transformation. This same virus effects breast Ca and men married to women with Br Ca get more prostate Ca. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having prostate cancer and colon cancer?

What are the symptoms of having prostate cancer and colon cancer?

Varies widely.: Cancer can initially have no symptoms, or generalized symptoms such as weight loss or fatigue. Prostate cancer can present with difficulty urination, blood in the urine, or pelvic or bone pain. Colon cancer can present with blood in the stool, pain with defecation, change in the caliber of stools, and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between colon cancer and prostate cancer?

How can you distinguish between colon cancer and prostate cancer?

Exam and other tests: early stage colon cancer I can be detected with colonoscopy. Early stage prostate cancer is found with exam and biopsy. If you are talking about metastatic disease found elsewhere, special stains on the biopsied cells, and blood tests can differentiate. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between colon cancer and prostate cancer?

What is the relationship between colon cancer and prostate cancer?

Genetic conditions: There are certain genetic mutations where prostate cancer and colon cancer can manifest at an increased incidence. However most cases of colon cancer and prostate cancer are spontaneous. ...Read more

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Wat age should male get a colonoscopy if his gpa died of colon cancer? Also when should prostate be checked if history of cancer in both sides of fam?

Wat age should male get a colonoscopy if his gpa died of colon cancer? Also when should prostate be checked if history of cancer in both sides of fam?

10 years earlier: In general, screening colonoscopies should start at age 50years, or 10 years earlier from the time detected by a family member. The role of detection of prostate cancer is a bit more controversial, but start with regular physical exams and discussion with his primary care physician. ...Read more

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What is your risk of colon cancer when your father has it? Also mother with uterine brother with prostate cancers

What is your risk of colon cancer when your father has it? Also mother with uterine brother with prostate cancers

Lynch Syndrome?: There are now multiple distinct biologic pathways that lead to colon cancer. Depending upon the age of the cancers you described (dad-gi; mom-gyne, brother-urologic) in your first generation relatives, you may be at risk for lynch syndrome ; should see a genetic counselor in your area to best characterize your risk ; that of other family members. If you have not had a colonoscopy yet go get one! ...Read more

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I had polyuria now chronic prostatitis and now my stool has a shape to it is it due to large prostate or maybe had colon cancer all along? Im 26

I had polyuria now chronic prostatitis and now my stool has a shape to it is it due to large prostate or maybe had colon cancer all along? Im 26

Probably not: You have multiple problems and concerns that should be evaluated by your physician. Colon cancer would be very unlikely, but the other problems need to be taken care of. ...Read more

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With colon and prostate cancer being on the rise in men, what are ways to combat and prevent this?

With colon and prostate cancer being on the rise in men, what are ways to combat and prevent this?

Wrong statement: Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality for both men and women has been going down since the 80's, partly due to screening colonoscopies that detect and remove polyps before they get to become cancer. Prostate is a more complex issue because we are learning to discern which ones need treatment and which don't. That said, neither its incidence nor its mortality are rising. ...Read more

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I'm 42, my dad died from colon and prostate cancer. When should I have a prostate exam? I've never had a testicular exam either, should i?

I'm 42, my dad died from colon and prostate cancer. When should I have a prostate exam?  I've never had a testicular exam either, should i?

Yes indeed: I'm glad you're aware of ways to reduce your risk. Your physical exam will include a prostate check, if not now than starting within the next few years. You do your own testicular self-exam when you're in the shower -- learn your way around and report any new surprise masses to your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Prostate Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a new growth of any tissue with an ability to spread - metastasize - along blood vessels and lymphatic channels to near or far sites of the body with never-ending aggressiveness until the host succumbs to death by it or other related problems. Prostate cancer is one of them ranked as #2 cancer (after skin cancer) and & #2 cancer death (after lung cancer). 1 in 6-7 men in ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more