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What ages does colorectal cancer affect?

What ages does colorectal cancer affect?

It varies: Colon cancer can strike from the 20s and beyond, but is much more common in people in their 50s to 70s hence the recommendations to not routinely do colonoscopies in people before the age of 50. Colon cancer that presents before 60 is often genetic whereas after 60 is more likely due to environmental factors like smoking and red meat. ...Read more

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Dr. Herbert Hoover
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Colorectal Cancer (Definition)

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The cells lining the colon or rectum become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. They start as polyps. Symptoms include blood in the stool, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. This cancer can be prevented through early screening, if a polyp is detected during a colonoscopy and excised. Additionally, a high fiber diet with plenty of water and a ...Read more


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Can you tell me what is colorectal cancer?

Can you tell me what is colorectal cancer?

CRC: It is cancer of the large intestine (which includes the colon and the rectum, the part labeled #5 in the illustration). It is the third most common cancer for both sexes and one of the few for which there is successful screening methods. Usually starts in a polyp and can be associated with several inherited traits. ...Read more

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How is colorectal cancer diagnosed usually?

How is colorectal cancer diagnosed usually?

Colonoscopy, imaging: And biopsy. A lesion may be detected on colonscopy or barium enema or the more recent ct scans. The lesion is biopsied and the tissue examined by a pathologist to make the diagnosis. Colon cancer may be suspected if there is blood in stool, either obvious or occult. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of colorectal cancer?

What are early symptoms of colorectal cancer?

May be none: Many early cancers do not have any symptoms and that is why it is important to have screening tests done, e.g., colonoscopy at age 50 for prevention of colo-rectal cancer. Symptoms may be change in bowel habits, bleeding per rectum, anemia, bowel obstruction and the first symptoms may be from metastases to other organs such as liver. ...Read more

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What are the chances of colorectal cancer at age 37?

What are the chances of colorectal cancer at age 37?

Colon ca: Pretty unlikely unless you have a family history of colon cancerl. You should start screening at age 50 unless you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps. If you do, then start screening at age 40. ...Read more

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What are some pre-cancerous signs of colorectal cancer?

What are some pre-cancerous signs of colorectal cancer?

Colonic polyps: Nearly all colon cancers arise in colon polyps. Unfortunately, colonic polyps are generally asymptomatic and require colonscopy of barium enema for detection. Newer imaging studies may make the detection easier. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have higher incidence of colon cancer. A family history of colon cancer is an other "sign". ...Read more

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I know colorectal cancer has consequences. What are they?

I know colorectal cancer has consequences. What are they?

Colorectal cancer: Consequences include need for surgery and other forms of treatment such as chemotherapy radiation. People may live for along time if disease caught early. ...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


Dr. Keith Monson
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Proctology (Definition)

Proctologists are physicians who have specialized knowledge to diagnose and surgically treat disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. Such disorders may include hemorrhoids, colorectal ...Read more