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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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Does food intolerance or lactose intolerance increase your risk for colon or rectal cancer?

Does food intolerance or lactose intolerance increase your risk for colon or rectal cancer?

No: There are many studies done on food intolerances and food allergies, with mixed results in the latter. As far as food intolerances are concerned, it is not felt that there is a link to cancer. ...Read more

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Do hemmroid flareups increase your risk of colon cancer?

Do hemmroid flareups increase your risk of colon cancer?

Unrelated: hemorrhoid flare up produces problems with bleeding or the equivalent of thrombosed varicose veins in the rectum. Cancer in general is related to a viral infection from an organism like the polyoma virus that infects a field in the area of colon/rectum that leads to genetic alterations leading to malignant transformation of the involved cells. ...Read more

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Is gluten intolerance a form of colon cancer?

Is gluten intolerance a form of colon cancer?

No: No, simply a malabsorptive disorder which is likely autoimmune in nature and usually definitively diagnosed with endoscopic biopsy...... Or alleviation of symptoms with avoidance of gluten. ...Read more

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Why does having had endometrial cancer increase risk of colon cancer? I have lynch syndrome but risk would be high anyway?

Why does having had endometrial cancer increase risk of colon cancer?  I have lynch syndrome but risk would be high anyway?

You have not had : enough or appropriate genetic counseling with regard to Lynch syndrome 1 or 2, to which you are cecertainly entitled. Find out which laboratory tested you for confirmation, by demanding a copy of your laboratory report, to which you are entitled, which will provide you with the number for the Genetics Counselor at that laboratory. He/she will explain the significance to you and for your relatives. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum? Does this raise my risk of colon cancer? Does location matter? I'm only 42!

What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum?  Does this raise my risk of colon cancer?  Does location matter?  I'm only 42!

Cecal neoplasm: What is the histology ? Lipoma, mucocele , carcinoid. In general though individuals with lesions due have a higher propensity for cancer. You likely will need continued surveillance colonoscopy with evaluation of the cecum . The tumor that was identified was small and surveillance/monitoring will detect lesions before cancer occurs. F/u/ w/ gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Can insoluble fiber increases risk of colon cancer?

Can insoluble fiber increases risk of colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: There are types that have family predispositions but this is the minority most forms are sporadic there are also multiple environmental and dietary risk factors for development of colon and rectal cancer. Low fiber and high fat diets have been shown to increase risk of this disease. ...Read more

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Does celiac increase risk of colon cancer?

Does celiac increase risk of colon cancer?

No: Most studies found that it does not increase risk for colon cancer. But it does for other type of cancers, such as small bowel cancer or lymphoma. ...Read more

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Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or  does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Gallbladder: No not at all if you need your gallbladder out then do it because the risk of gallbladder disease far far outweighs any slight theoretical risk of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of colon cancer?

Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of colon cancer?

It depends: Some studies suggest a link between an increased consumption of alcohol and colorectal cancer. A study analyzing the korean population showed a higher rate of colon cancer in people who consumed alcohol regularly. In a north carolina study the opposite appeared to be true - alcohol consumption seemed to decrease the rate of colon cancer. Basically, there there is no strong evidence either way. ...Read more

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Does the medication tricor (fenofibrate) for high triglycerides increase risk of colon cancer?

Does the medication tricor (fenofibrate) for high triglycerides increase risk of colon cancer?

No: There were concerns decades ago about Clofibrate but they came to nothing. I searched the nih database for the past 20 years and found nothing, and it makes no sense biologically. If it did, the research piranhas would have grabbed it up -- it's all about trying to discover and prove something. The fibrates have saved many, many lives and i would not be concerned. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy that my mom only poops once every 2 days? I've heard that the less often you poop, you have increased risk of colon cancer.Is this true

Is it unhealthy that my mom only poops once every 2 days? I've heard that the less often you poop, you have increased risk of colon cancer.Is this true

Pooping: Absolutely not true! normal range of human bowel motions is twice a day to once a week if not uncomfortable colon cancer is genetic and can be worse with diet if chronic constipation caused colon cancer millions would be dead! ...Read more

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I hav colon cancer and my surgeon won't help me until my albumin raises to a 3.0 and I'm at a 1.3. What does albumin do and how can I raise it? Thanks

I hav colon cancer and my surgeon won't help me until my albumin raises to a 3.0 and I'm at a 1.3. What does albumin do and how can I raise it? Thanks

Need for evaluation: Low albumin carries a risk of death in surgery. You are extremely undernourished and need to consult a nutritionist for advice. How was the diagnosis of colon cancer made? Do you have family history or early onset colon cancer? I would recommend that you get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I am getting chemotherapy for colon cancer. Is the dose normally increased with each round?

I am getting chemotherapy for colon cancer. Is the dose normally increased with each round?

Ask your oncologist: That's an interesting question. It would depend on the regimen you were on, so ask your oncologist at your next visit. He/she can describe dosage , complications, and general expectations. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does uterine cancer increase the risk for colon cancer?

Does uterine cancer increase the risk for colon cancer?

Sometimes: There is a familial disorder known as lynch syndrome which increases both the risk of colon cancer and endometrial (uterine) cancer. About 5% of all colon cancers are caused by lynch syndrome. If a family has multiple cases of both colon and endometrial cancer or colon cancer under the age of 40, lynch syndrome should be considered. ...Read more

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Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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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