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Developing Colon Cancer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Do I have a higher risk of developing colon cancer if I have gastroparesis with family history how can I lower risk?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complicated question: There are no specific studies of deplin and colon cancer. However, deficiencies of folate 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
How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage? How long have you had it by the time you can see it?
A long time: Colon cancer is unusual in that it follows the "polyp-to-cancer" sequence. Colon cancer does NOT develop with a single genetic mistake from normal to full blown cancer like many others (breast, prostate). The process usually takes an average of 12 years. From stage to stage is probably a couple of years, The recent hullaballoo at the VA demonstrated that even a one year wait may not matter! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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