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What are the chances of having colon cancer in a 36 year old man with no history of colon cancer in his family?

What are the chances of having colon cancer in a 36 year old man with no history of colon cancer in his family?

Very low.: Unless you have an underlying disease loike ulcerativ colitis or a strong family history of bowel cancer or multiple polyps, your risk is very low. Get off your american diet and go with more grains, veggies and less processed foods! ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

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


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I was wondering what are the chances of getting colon cancer if no one else in my family has it?

I was wondering what are the chances of getting colon cancer if no one else in my family has it?

1 in 20: Colon cancer is very common. We recommend a screening test like a colonoscopy starting at age 50 unless you are having symptoms or have a family history. Eating vegetables and decreasing red meat in your diet can help to reduce risk. ...Read more

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If someone in my family has had colon cancer, will I definitely get the disease or am I just at higher risk?

If someone in my family has had colon cancer, will I definitely get the disease or am I just at higher risk?

Maybe: The increased risk to you is usually in 1st degree relatives such as parents or siblings. Genetic-related colon cancers only account for about 20% of all colon cancers. ...Read more

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There is colon cancer in my family. What are some signs?

There is colon cancer in my family. What are some signs?

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 more

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How likely is getting colon cancer if no one else in my family has it?

Look here-: There is a nice risk calculator for colon cancer risk here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/colorectalcancerrisk/ check it out. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?

Could you tell me if my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?

40: You should have a screening colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the regular population, so get screened by age 40. Eat a lower fat, higher fiber diet, and take a single Aspirin daily. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much does a family history of colon cancer increase my risk of getting it?

How much does a family history of colon cancer increase my risk of getting it?

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 more

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How do I know if I have colon cancer? Family history.

How do I know if I have colon cancer? Family history.

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 more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more