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Does flax seed or green tea prevent colorectal cancer?

Does flax seed or green tea prevent colorectal cancer?

Not known: Though the supposed health benefits of these are touted, there is no definitively known knowledge that it will prevent any type of cancer. ...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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How does reducing colonic transit time with fiber prevent colorectal cancer?

How does reducing colonic transit time with fiber prevent colorectal cancer?

Less contact: The hypothesis is that one factor in colon cancer is potentially ingested carcinogens(cancer causing) that are in the food we eat. The faster the stool moves through the colon, the less time the carcinogen has in contact with any segment of the colon so it's should be less damaging. ...Read more

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What diet should I follow to prevent colorectal cancer from occurring?

What diet should I follow to prevent colorectal cancer from occurring?

Eat your veggies: Population studies show groups that eat high fiber, grains, fruit, veggies, legumes have lower rates. Calcium foods (no/low fat dairy), may help. Low intake meat, especially processed meats may help. Fiber supplements are less helpful than fiber foods. Low (sat) fat, high fiber may be a good combo. Dash diet (dietary approach to stop hypertension): easy, tasty, healthy. Find it online. ...Read more

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Is there any way to help prevent the return of my colorectal cancer?

Is there any way to help prevent the return of my colorectal cancer?

4-Tiered Strategy: Surveillance: at the advice of your gastroenterologist, schedule routine colonoscopies; healthy habits: follow a diet high in veggies, fruits, and whole-grains, try to limit red meat and alcohol, exercise regularly; chemoprevention: talk to your oncologist about taking folate (folic acid) supplements and/or nsaids; genetic testing: if you have many relatives with colon ca, you may be a candidate for testing. ...Read more

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A friend was just diagnosed with colorectal cancer, is that a serious condition?

A friend was just diagnosed with colorectal cancer, is that a serious condition?

Can be: Colon cancer and rectal cancer must be treated to get good results, and if ignored it can spread or become dangerous with bleeding or intestinal blockage. Localized cancers are removed with surgery and sometimes chemotherapy is used. Earlier and smaller cancers tend to be least "dangerous.". ...Read more

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Is there really a relation between Accutane and colorectal cancer ?? Any research done on this topic ?

Is there really a relation between Accutane and colorectal cancer ?? Any research done on this topic ?

I say no: I'm a doctor, not a lawyer. But the alleged link to ulcerative colitis (a risk for colon cancer) was fully discredited by a meta-analysis in 2016. I saw the original paper from 2009 and thought it was a random-chance association, like so much of the junk generated by epidemiologic studies. And there's zero, zip, nada for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get colorectal cancer gene test?

Where do I go to get colorectal cancer gene test?

Discuss with your MD: Some evaluation /analysis can be done on the cancer tissue . Your oncologist can ask the pathologist to test it. Then, your oncologist can refer you to a genetician /genetic counsellour to start with -whom then will order the necessary genetic test based on your personal/family history. Discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read more

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How are hemorrhoids diagnosed? I'm 30 and worried about colorectal cancer. Is a DRE enough?

How are hemorrhoids diagnosed? I'm 30 and worried about colorectal cancer. Is a DRE enough?

Hemorrhoids.: Hemorrhoids are generally seen or palpated on examination. Depending on other clinical parameters or family history, one could pursue further with virtual colonoscopy, formal colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy to determine whether or not there are other gastrointestinal findings of concern. The presence of hemorrhoids can make testing for blood in your stool misleading. ...Read more

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What screening tests are used for colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and: Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. ...Read more

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Can a change in bowel habits mean colorectal cancer?

Can a change in bowel habits mean colorectal cancer?

Yes: Persistent changes not correlating to your dietary or activity change should be worked up by your doctor. It does not diagnose colon cancer by itself but it is one of the symptoms. ...Read more

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How can colorectal cancer affect my sex life? I'm gay.

How can colorectal cancer affect my sex life? I'm gay.

Removal of rectum: Cancer of the rectum may require removal of the rectum and anus. This type of resection may damage the nerves instrumental in erection and render a person impotent. If your practice receptive anal/rectal intercourse, not having the requisite organs would make it infeasible. ...Read more

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What are available screening tests for colorectal cancer?

What are available screening tests for colorectal cancer?

'scopes, X-rays, etc: A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and fecal occult blood testing. The pro's and con's of each are described here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening. ...Read more

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Is chemoradiation a good treatment for colorectal cancer?

Is chemoradiation a good treatment for colorectal cancer?

Chemoradiation: It is a very good option for rectal cancer usually as primary or induction treatment followed by surgery. In colon cancer itself there are very few indications for radiation therapy but chemotherapy is widely used. ...Read more

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What health screening methods can reduce colorectal cancer?

What health screening methods can reduce colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and: Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. ...Read more

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How rare are stomach and / or colorectal cancer occurances in teenagers?

How rare are stomach and / or colorectal cancer occurances in teenagers?

Fewer than 1%: Of stomach or colon cancers occur in teens. Familial genetic risks may increase personal risk, but it is not a national problem. ...Read more

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Comparison of diagnosis colorectal cancer between ctscan and barium enema?

Comparison of diagnosis colorectal cancer between ctscan and barium enema?

Depends on size: Can see the blood supply of tumour mass on a cat scan.. But small polyps do not show... Be does not see polyps, but does see tumour.. Colonoscopy with a perfect prep is the gold standard for large and small. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have blood in your stool, but not have colorectal cancer?

Is it possible to have blood in your stool, but not have colorectal cancer?

Yes: The most common causes of rectal bleeding are diverticular disease, arteriovenous malformations of the colon, and hemorrhoids. The bleeding caused by colorectal cancer is typically not significant enough to be seen by the naked eye. ...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