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How long does it take stage four colon cancer to develop?

How long does it take stage four colon cancer to develop?

Many years: Patients can present with stage-4 colon cancer. This takes many years(10+) years to evolve. But early colon cancer treated with surgery can alter relapse as stage -4 disease. This can happen in a shorter time, anywhere from one to 5 years.. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How long does it take for stage1 colon cancer to develop into stage 4?

How long does it take for stage1 colon cancer to develop into stage 4?

Tough question: The evolution from polyp to cancer usually takes more than ten years. From state i to stage four probably takes several years, also, but can vary depending on how rapidly the cancer grows and spreads. ...Read more

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How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage? How long have you had it by the time you can see it?

How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?  How long have you had it by the time you can see it?

A long time: Colon cancer is unusual in that it follows the "polyp-to-cancer" sequence. Colon cancer does NOT develop with a single genetic mistake from normal to full blown cancer like many others (breast, prostate). The process usually takes an average of 12 years. From stage to stage is probably a couple of years, The recent hullaballoo at the VA demonstrated that even a one year wait may not matter! ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

Variable. : It depends on the level of aggressiveness of the cancer cell which is extremely variable. Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

Highly variable: Impossible to say as sometimes I have seen small colon cancers spread & seen large colon cancers not spread to other organs. Each person is different & each person's cancer can behave differently depending on cell type & genetics. ...Read more

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How long does it take colon cancer to reach stage 4 from stage 1?

How long does it take colon cancer to reach stage 4 from stage 1?

Unpredictable: Most cases of Stage 1 colon cancer are cured with surgery. A small percentage tend to come back with a recurrence, usually in 2-3 years...but it can be shorter or longer time than this...so it is somewhat unpredictable but it is usually within 5 years for those who recur. ...Read more

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How long does it take a colon cancer to grow?

See below: The progression from normal to atypical to cancer in colon cancer is generally slow. This is why screening colonoscopies are usually years apart; the process is typically slow and allows for long intervals without sacrificing chances of success. ...Read more

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On average, how long does it take for a polyp to form and then turn into colon cancer?

On average, how long does it take for a polyp to form and then turn into colon cancer?

Years: it generally takes years for a polyp to form and then later become cancerous. This is why screening colonoscopy is only needed every 10 years if normal. ...Read more

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How long does colon cancer take to grow?

How long does colon cancer take to grow?

Varies. ~10yrs: In general, we think about 10 years. Hence the "standard" colon screening recommendation (by colonoscopy) of every 10 years if the colon is well prepped and without pre-cancerous polyps. Colon cancer can grow faster especially in some familial syndromes. Individuals with polyps may and likely do need more frequent followup. Recs individualized by the GI physician. ...Read more

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How long does colon cancer take to move from stage to stage?

It depends: Every tumor is different in it's rate of growth an even it's potential to spread so there is no hard and fast rule to answer this question. ...Read more

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How long could colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?

Years....we think.: Every individual tumor is different. The "teaching" is it takes 5 years for a polyp to undergo malignant change (turn into cancer) from there, it depends on location, age and many other factors we don't yet understand. Colon cancer can be indolent (slow growing) or aggressive. It depends on the individual cancer, and everyone is different. ...Read more

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On average how long does colon cancer take to metastasize from when it first started forming? Im just curious.

On average how long does colon cancer take to metastasize from when it first started forming? Im just curious.

Variable: Nobody knows this answer, because some patients have metastasis at diagnosis, and some don't, even with the same tumor size. I would think it would be measured in weeks to months however, maybe even years for some. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am having difficulty in passing stool which is not hard. takes long time and sometimes obstructed Does it indicates colon cancer?no family history)

I am having difficulty in passing stool which is not hard. takes long time and sometimes obstructed Does it indicates colon cancer?no family history)

Not likely: Rather irritable bowel syndrome, constipation type. Make sure you stay well hydrated and have a well balanced diet. Physical exercise is also critical. If your symptom are progressing in spite of lifestyle changes talk to your doctor about it. ...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


Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more