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Helping Families With Colon Cancer
What are the chances of having colon cancer in a 36 year old man with no history of colon cancer in his family?
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
If someone in my family has had colon cancer, will I definitely get the disease or am I just at higher risk?
Change in bowel habi: Most common and early sign is change in bowel habit and abdominal discofort.And blood in the stool early cases no symptoms with serong family history colonoscopy recommended at age 40 or 10 years before the age immediate family member was diagnosed if known, if normal repeat every5 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is no history of colon cancer in my family. I'm 68 and have had a colonoscioy every 5 years since the e age of 50. Must i continue this.
Genetics: Genetic trasmisionin in the family.Get a more detailed answer ›
Could you tell me if my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?
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
Get a colonoscopy: The most accurate diagnostic tool available to answer your question is a colonoscope. If you are at risk, have alarm signs or symptoms, or have reached an age appropriate for screening then call your gastroenterologist & book your exam. You can also identify colon cancer with a specific stool test. X-rays will identify mass lesions, but may miss flat lesions, & do not permit taking of a biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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