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Does colonoscopy prevent colon cancer?

Does colonoscopy prevent colon cancer?

Likely: Cancers start as polyps. Removing polyps decreases cancer risk, but no test guarantees finding every polyp. ...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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Some steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides frequent colonoscopy?

Some steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides frequent colonoscopy?

DIet Exercise: Regular exercise. Eat healthy. Less fat in the diet. Limit processed meats, fish and poultry rather than red meats. Lots of fruits and vegetables. Avoid obesity. ...Read more

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Are there steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides yearly colonoscopys?

Are there steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides yearly colonoscopys?

Eat well.: First you don't need colonscopy yearly, unless you have real reason. Increasing fiber can help prevent disease, but most of the risk is probably inherited. ...Read more

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Might it be that a colonoscopy prevents colon cancer, or is it simply a screening tool?

Might it be that a colonoscopy prevents colon cancer, or is it simply a screening tool?

Yes it can: Colonoscopy is done to look for polyp which are precursors of cancer. So if the polyp is removed before it becomes cancerous, then we have prevented development of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Do all polyps need to be removed in colonoscopy to avoid colon cancer?

Do all polyps need to be removed in colonoscopy to avoid colon cancer?

Yes: Not all polyps are pre-canerous, most are. The determination of whether the polyp is precancerous or not usually requires examination by a pathologist and that necessitates removal. There is no good reason to not remove a polyp detected on colonscopy. All most all colon cancers start in polyps, therefore it is necessary to remove polyps to prevent colon cancer. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to develope colon cancer large enough for blockage 5 years after an all clear colonoscopy?

Sometimes: Unfortunately yes. Some less common cancers have very rapid doubling times. And can grow quite large. A left colon cancer is more likely to obstruct than one on the right. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer progress? Dad (50 years old)was recommended colonoscopy 8 months ago. He never went. Little bit worried.

How fast does colon cancer progress? Dad (50 years old)was recommended colonoscopy 8 months ago. He never went. Little bit worried.

Varies: On average, it takes about 10 years from the initiation of damage to invasive colon cancer, but there is considerable variation. Your dad my not have colon cancer, Colonoscopy is for early detection and prevention of colon cancer and it is a good idea for your dad to have it done. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to get a colonoscopy at age 43 if there is a family history of colon cancer? What other tests are needed at this age?

10 years before diag: A basic guideline is that in the case of a potentially inherited cancer trait, that we start screening 10 years before the presentation of a first degree relative, i.e. Parent or sibling. If the relative was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 53, we consider beginning screening tests at 43. Otherwise begin screenings as age appropriate, colonoscopy age 50, mammo age 40. ...Read more

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Fobt says status-final result,colon cancer. All 3 positive(A). Can fobt detect cancer? Also says neoplasm. Expedited colonoscopy in a few days...

Fobt says status-final result,colon cancer. All 3 positive(A). Can fobt detect cancer? Also says neoplasm. Expedited colonoscopy in a few days...

Fobt : Or fecal occult blood test is used as screening for colon cancer, but a positive test does not mean you have colon cancer, it only means that you do need a colonoscopy in order to rule in or out colon cancer. Good luck with the test! ...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


Dr. Eric Weisman
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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