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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? I'm 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? I'm 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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As milk comes with lots of health risks, inc colon, breast & prostate cancer can a 11yr old get sufficient calcium without milk and how?

As milk comes with lots of health risks, inc colon, breast & prostate cancer can a 11yr old get sufficient calcium without milk and how?

Milk: I am not sure who instilled that information in your that milk carries the risks described. Cancer has been attributed to almost any product and exposure in the world but nothing has been proven. Pure milk is not common to be consumed in large quantities at the age of 11, but dairy products such as cottage cheese, buttermilk, butter, sour cream are commonly used and I see no harm in using them. 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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What is the cause of colon cancer?

What is the cause of colon cancer?

Multiple factors: Age over 50, chronic intestinal diseases, polyps, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and filly history of cancer can all increase your risk. Majority occur due to acquired defects in cells lining the intestines from a combination of one or more factors. Small minority are hereditary. Read more

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How to know if I have colon cancer?

How to know if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy + biopsy as indicated.
If you do have risk factors, you should have your first screening colonoscopy at age 50. Read more

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What are the stages of colon cancer?

What are the stages of colon cancer?

1 through 4: The stage of colon cancer is based upon the depth of penetration of the cancer thru the colon wall, the presence or absence of lymph node involvement, and the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body (metastatic disease). The stage is associated with prognosis and guides our recommendations regarding chemotherapy. Read more

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What sort of disease is colon cancer?

What sort of disease is colon cancer?

Cancer: Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon). Surgery is generally required to remove the portion of colon involved with cancer. Colonoscopy is performed to prevent colon cancer. Polyps, small growths, , which can turn into cancer, are removed during a colonoscopy so they don't turn into a cancer. Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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