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How Long Does It Take 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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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