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Handling Colon Cancer Condition
Please clarify: Short bowel syndrome results from removal of a significant portion of the small intestine, which is responsible for nutrient absorption. Symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. The colon is responsible for water absorption, therefore, removal of a large portion of the colon may increase the frequency of bowel movements, but will not cause profound nutritional deficiencies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
MD: This is such a common question and yet the answer is evident. You need to visit a doctor to get an exam and maybe some tests (BTW, at age 50 you should start screening colonoscopies). There is no way to help you online. Go see a doctor please and best to you. ...Read more
i have microscopic colitis. Does this make me more predisposed to gastric or colon cancer? What causes this condition?
If parent had colon cancer at 80, what is risk of offspring getting it after 65? No other known family member was diagnosed with GI tumor or condition
Cancer screening: Cancer screening is recommended and all populations over the age of 50. In your case it does not matter if a family member had cancer at the age of 80 you should have your screening at the age of 50 regardless. The only time this becomes significant is if a family member has cancer around the age of 50 in which case immediate family should be screen 10 years prior to that age. ...Read more
Cancer: Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon). Surgery is generally required to remove the portion of colon involved with cancer. Colonoscopy is performed to prevent colon cancer. Polyps, small growths, , which can turn into cancer, are removed during a colonoscopy so they don't turn into a cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
While Chron's can: Have varied course, it can affect the entire gut. It's cousin, ulcerative colitis that affects the large bowel, is the cancer prone malady. Chron's, aka regional enteritis, can cause a great deal of misery, but it is not usually a cancer prone illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone in my family has had colon cancer, will I definitely get the disease or am I just at higher risk?
No: They are two different diseases. And there's nothing between them to relate them. ...Read more
No: The use of tumor markers has been approved for monitoring only. This holds true for the CEA's and Carbohyrate monoclonals such as Ca 19.9 and Ca 125. This is due to the fact that they are also affected by inflammatory changes as well as tumors arising in glandular tissue. If a dx of Ca is well established and the patient is treated with chemo, a drop in tumor marker level means response. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No correlation but..: Celiac disease hasnot been shown to increase the incidence of colon cancer. However, there is a significantly increased risk of cancer in general, specifically, non-hodgkin lymphoma. http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/commoncomplicationsofcd/f/celiac-disease-colon-cancer.htm you should also follow your doctor's and the acs recommendations for colon cancer screening, which is possible in everyone. ...Read more
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