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What are the odds of developing colon cancer under age 20 ?

What are the odds of developing colon cancer under age 20 ?

Risk rises with age: Risk of colon cancer starts to rise significantly around age 45, and the risk continues to rise with every passing decade of life, though there is a hint that the rate of rise slows down in the ninth decade of life. If you have symptoms of colon cancer, though, you need medical attention no matter how young you are. ...Read more

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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Are there ways to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer?

Are there ways to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer?

Perhaps: There are genetic and environment risks to colon cancer. Obviously genetics can't be changed at this point. Risks that can be avoided include smoking and eating a western style diet (high fat, low fiber). Being overweight increases the risk of colon cancer. Smoking is probably the biggest factor as it can double the risk of colon cancer. ...Read more

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What are the chances of developing colon cancer before the age of 20?

What are the chances of developing colon cancer before the age of 20?

Rare: Colon cancer while not common before age 20 unless inherited is becoming more common in the 20-30 age group. This change is probably environmental with exposure to factors such as viruses not previousl seen. Inflammatory changes in bowel is also predisposing to earlier colon malignancies. ...Read more

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What are the chances of developing colon cancer if you are under age 20?

What are the chances of developing colon cancer if you are under age 20?

Special cases: If you have familial adenomatous polyposis of the colon, which is not rare, you will have many polyps even as a teen and you have a good chance of getting cancer age age 20. If you have childhood ulcerative colitis, your risk is high. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a person with Crohn's to develop colon cancer?

How likely is it for a person with Crohn's to develop colon cancer?

Data are limited, ..: But colon cancer is more likely in a crohn's disease patient. Some studies have that risk around 1% (20 times more than average person), but other analyses have it higher at 2.9% over the 10 years following a diagnosis of crohn's. Having crohn's for a longer time and in the colon increase risk. Other cancers (myeloid and lymphoid, small bowel among others) are also more likely. ...Read more

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Are there any significant risks with taking deplin and developing colon cancer?

Are there any significant risks with taking deplin and developing colon cancer?

Complicated question: There are no specific studies of deplin and colon cancer. However, deficiencies of folate (folic acid) may be associated with an increased risk of colon cancer: http://tinyurl.Com/p28h8m6 . On the other hand, if people have certain polymorphisms of mthfr, supplementation with Folic Acid (not necessarily deplin) may increase risk: http://tinyurl.Com/pdsulcn the company recommends caution w/existing tumors. ...Read more

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If I have colon polyps at age 26, is my risk of developing colon cancer later in life very high?

If I have colon polyps at age 26, is my risk of developing colon cancer later in life very high?

Depends on polyp: Some polyps are not precancerous and thus have no bearing on future development of colon ca. Others are, however, and your doctor should discuss your risk with you depending on what was found. You can relax somewhat, knowing that regular screening has been shown to dramatically lessen your risks of future colon cancer! ...Read more

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Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain ?

Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain
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See below: If the colonoscopy was done properly, you are very unlikely to have colon cancer 20 months after the procedure. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Help please! could colon cancer develop in four or five years?

Help please! could colon cancer develop in four or five years?

A pre-: Cancerous polyp can convert to a cancer in 4-5 years which is why people with a history of multiple polyps should get colonoscopy more often than every 10 years. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


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