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Family history colon cancer, last colo, 3 yrs ago, nothing, today, large polyp, lab test, maybe echo, french doctor, anything else, probabilities?
Do young people (lower twenties) usually have a family history of colon cancers if they get diagnosed at that young of an age?
Stool change: At age 40 the possibility of hereditary polyposis leading to colon cancer is rare if you don't have any disease as of now. Most colon malignancies are environmentally induced probably arising from the polyoma virus infecting the bowel mucosa. The other cause is related to long standing inflammatory bowel disease. You should have an initial colonoscopy to evaluate your bowel. ...Read more
Varies: The "family history" of colon cancer needs to be further clarified as to what type of family syndrome this is. A genetic counselor can help further define the risks and potential surveillance or treatment strategies. The increased risk may be small or may be very large. Specific genetic testing may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How likely is it that someone 22 years old with no immediate family history of colon cancer gets it?
Over what time span?: About 5% of men in the US will get colon cancer at some point in their life, but the vast majority of cases occur after age 50. Colon cancer is extremely rare, almost unheard of in a 22 yo, but the odds increase the older we get. However, there are many ways to prevent colon cancer such as avoiding red meat, eating more fruit & vegies, vit. D, not smoking & exercise. See http://tinyurl.com/ozhk7zu ...Read more
Perhaps: Colon cancer at a young age may be associated with a familial predisposition. What is the history of other related family members?Typically we would recommend starting colorectal cancer screening earlier in a patient with a family history. Usually 10 years earlier, i.e. 32 in this case. This would certainly be true for your father or mother. Other assoc cancers, include uterine, ovarian, pancreas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lady i take care of had dirreah couple times the past week and all of this week she's had no bms. Family history of colon cancer?
Your question: Seems to be whether your patient has colon cancer. The only way to know for sure is to perform a colonoscopy. Short of that, fecal occult blood test is another option. Take her to her doctor and he will get proper tests, depending on her age and risk factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I don't have a family history of colon cancer and I have bright red blood on bm, should I worry?
If I had clean colonoscooy 10 years ago,no family history of colon cancer, no issues, iscologuard ok?
Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?
Perhaps: Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean to have a large friable polyp? I have a family history of colon cancer and have to wait 2 weeks for the results.
Patience: Waiting for test results can be torcher. Usually it takes 3-4 days for the pathologist to prepare the speciman and then evaluate, although different labs can vary in their time. A larger polyp would be concerning but the friability of the polyp would not change the potential diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a polyp removed from my sigmoid at age 20 and it was benign. No direct family history of colon cancer. What tests should be done ongoing?
Typically: It depends on type of polyp found/ removed and why scoped. Consider full colonoscopy if there was one, there could be more. Typically a colonoscopy every 5 yrs is indicated with a family history of colon cancer or a personal hx of polyp or cancer (at a minimum). Consult a GI specialist for further management. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?
Ask: Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what. You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My GI found a TVA through a colonoscopy. I was 20, now 22, and do have a family history of colon cancer. How often should I redo the colonoscopy?
Repeat in 3 yrs.: Adenomas of bowel are divided into 1) tubular, 2) tubulovillous, and 3) villous. #2 encountered in 8-16% of cases. Dysplasia not infrequent and therefore, what was found ? Of the adenomas of bowel less than 5% as associated with carcinoma and considering age, an initial evaluation q3yrs would suffice and then spread out the following years. Eventual stool test will detect tumor protein . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Important: Family history of cancer is very important information. If your family history of colon cancer is significant ( multiple family members with colon cancer especially at younger age) -then you would need to be screen for colon cancer- started approximately 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest person in the family got diagnosed with colon cancer.You also need to see a genetician if history +. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Earlier colonoscopy: If you have a significant family history of colon cancer, you would start your colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest family members diagnosed with colon cancer. Significant history - if there are multiple family members with colon ca; if a very young age of diagnosis of colon ca in some family members; diagnoses of other, associated cancers in family members. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chances of a 19 year old healthy male with no family history of colon cancer to have colon cancer?
Unlikely: This would be very unlikely. Might be seen in certain syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (fap) syndrome. Colon cancer typically presents at a later stage in life. The median age of diagnosis of colorectal cancer is around 69 yrs. Approx. 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20. Pretty unlikely. Certainly symptoms may warrant investigation, but again, likelihood is low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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