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What happens if they find cancer mass while doing colonoscopy? Will they remove it immediately?

What happens if they find cancer mass while doing colonoscopy? Will they remove it immediately?

It depends: If the lesion appears large and involved within deeper layers, it will likely need to be removed surgically. If it is more confined and polyp-like, it will probably be removed during colonoscopy. as we can't determine if it is cancerous until we remove it and have a pathologist look at it. ...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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If I had a normal colonoscopy 17 months ago but now have a mass, what are the chances that the mass is cancerous?

If I had a normal colonoscopy 17 months ago but now have a mass, what are the chances that the mass is cancerous?

It really depends: If one does have a history of prior cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease or familial adenomatous polyposis or a strong family history of cancer - the mass has a higher chance of being cancerous. Always assume any new mass is cancerous and seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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What are the odds that after having a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago, a mass I have now is cancer?

What are the odds that after having a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago, a mass I have now is cancer?

High: Cancers tend to grow more quickly than non cancerous tumors. Therefore, if you had a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago, and you now have a tumor in your colon, the chance that the tumor is cancer is higher than if you have not had a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago. ...Read more

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What is the probability that after having a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago, a mass I have now is cancer?

More likely not.: Generally, one would not expect to find a mass in the colon so quiclyy after a colonoscopy. If this was an accurate exam, it would be unlikely. It is thought a polyp can become cancerous over a 10 year span. ...Read more

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Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?

Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?

Not able to detect.: Several instruments are used for examining the rectum and then colon. The anal canal is examined with an anoscope being several inches long. confirmation is by digital exam. The proctoscope looks at the rectum above the anus after which sigmoidoscopes were used but now replaced by the colonoscope for examining upper rectum to cecum. Lesion found are then bx. ...Read more

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When to have first colonoscopy when had cancer in family?

When to have first colonoscopy when had cancer in family?

After age of 40 year: Standard age is 50 years but with family history we suggest that you do it near 40 years of age, roughly 10 years earlier than standard recomended. ...Read more

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Could having a colonoscopy tell me if I have cancer or not?

Yes, in the vast: Majority of cases. Sometimes, a small polypoid cancer can hide behind a curve or a fold, but this is rare. A competent endoscopist will hardly ever miss a colon cancer. Colonoscopy will not find cancer rthat is not in the colon. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy 2010 told all clear 2011 diagnosed with stage 4colon cancer ?Is this common

It is not common: It is not common. Please follow all recomendations of your doctor. Stay well and be strong. Thank you for question. ...Read more

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Why are colonoscopy performed years apart? Shouldn't they be more often? Doesn't cancer grow fast?

Why are colonoscopy performed years apart? Shouldn't they be more often? Doesn't cancer grow fast?

Good question: Most colon cancer differs from other cancers in that it tends to progress in a very predictable pattern beginning as polyps that can sometimes form cancer. This process takes many years. For example, it can take 5 or more years for a polyp to reach 1 cm and then another 5 or more yrs for the 1 cm polyp to become cancer. This is why the standard recommendation is to have a colonoscopy every 10 yrs. ...Read more

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If cancer is found on polphs after your colonoscopy will it return when my next colonoscopy is done?

If cancer is found on polphs after your colonoscopy will it return when my next colonoscopy is done?

colonoscopy: Your doctor will remove the cancerous polyps and suggest frequent monitoring to look for any recurrence. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more