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Dr. Charles Hendricks
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Does colon cancer affect digestive system?

Does colon cancer affect digestive system?

Maybe: This is a hard question to answer. So many other things cause digestive problems, one should not jump to the conclusion or worry about colon cancer initially. The colon, as the lower part of the digestive system , can cause obstructive symptoms if a large tumor is present. But, don't make that your initial assumption. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Can colon cancer effect any other body systems besides the digestive system?

Can colon cancer effect any other body systems besides the digestive system?

No if it is: Localized to colon. But if it spreads to liver, lung, bone, or brain, it can cause problems in these organ systems. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean O Donovan
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Does colon cancer effect respiratory, muscular or any other systems?

Does colon cancer effect respiratory, muscular or any other systems?

Yes, if it spreads: Colon cancer may spread to other organs (metastasize), and the lungs are commonly a site of this spread, the muscles less so. Liver in particular is also common, but many colon cancers do not spread before they are treated (surgery) and chemotherapy is given to help prevent high risk ones as well as to treat it if found to have spread. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Is carrageenan in Tom's toothpaste safe in first trimester or pregnancy? I read it's linked to inflammation, colon cancer, & depressed immune system.

Is carrageenan in Tom's toothpaste safe in first trimester or pregnancy? I read it's linked to inflammation, colon cancer, & depressed immune system.

Doubtful: Vegetable gum is used in many products as thickeners and binders. Even if you ingest it, I am not aware of any proof on the conditions mentioned being associated with. Since nearly no one swallows the toothpaste, it should not a problem even if it does all these things. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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How can I totally detox my digestive system and become healthy so i don't get bowel cancer?

How can I totally detox my digestive system and become healthy so i don't get bowel cancer?

Do not detox: Eat a high fiber diet, avoid processed foods, excessive caffeine and alcohol and drink 80 -100 ounces of fluids per day and exercise regularly. Get a colonoscopy when indicated and you should be able to avoid getting colon cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How does bowel cancer damage the digestive system?

How does bowel cancer damage the digestive system?

Obstruction: The main function of the large intestine is to absorb water to convert the liquid digestive by-products into a solid form. This physiologic function is essentially unaffected by a cancer. However, as the cancer grows, it may obstruct the intestine, leading to pain, bloating, and (rarely) rupture. Furthermore, these tumors often bleed, leading to anemia, which can make one feel tired and weak. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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How does colon cancer affect the body?

How does colon cancer affect the body?

Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read more

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Dr. Myron Arlen
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How does colon cancer affect your tissues?

How does colon cancer affect your tissues?

No effect: A small growing lesion can be present in bowel for several years and be asymptomatic. As a tumor grows and invades blood stream, it does elaborate an inhibitory molecule paralyzing the host immune system, that is mutated mitochondrial DNA. Should the lesion metastasize to liver it can obstruct bile ducts eventually compromising liver function.Colon Ca screening important. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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What factors affect prognosis with colon cancer?

What factors affect prognosis with colon cancer?

Staging & treat soon: Staging addresses prognosis--based on tumor depth of local invasion through colon & spread of tumor (metastasis) to sites distant from primary mass. Histology (microscopic typing), genetic factors (polyposis syndromes), age of onset, co-morbidities, completeness of removal, & environmental factors (for example Aspirin increase survivability) all play roles. Early detection & removal is key here. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How can colon cancer affect the body?

How can colon cancer affect the body?

Blockage/Bleeding: Depending on their size and location, colon cancers may cause the above problems. The bleeding tends to be very slow, like a dripping faucet, and may not be evident by sight. Obstruction can cause a change in bowel habits (constipation, pencil-thin stools) and/or bloating. Like any cancer, there is the potential to spread to other organs, which may cause fatigue, loss of appetite, wt loss, etc. ...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


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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


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