Top
40
Doctor insights on: How Rare Is Colon Cancer In 20s And Why Is It Rare In Young People If It Is Rare

Share
1

1
How rare is colon cancer in 20s? And why is it rare in young people if it is rare?

How rare is colon cancer in 20s? And why is it rare in young people if it is rare?

Pretty rare: Colon cancer is more prominent in the older population. The older someone gets, the more likely they are to have changes in their dna called mutations. These changes can lead to cancer. It is very rare for someone in their 20s to have enough of these mutations to cause cancer. It's possible to have inherited mutations, and these people develop colon cancer at an earlier age. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
4,351 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Mutations: There are many theories. One is that cancer is often the result of several mutations in cells that occur over time. It may take several of these mutations over time to cause cancer.
Another is that certain cell growth control systems get inactivated over the years. This is call epigenetic change.
Also over time more environmental exposures take their toll.
Age allows more of these thing to happe. ...Read more

3

3
Why is there so many websites with youbg people claiming they have colon cancer when the statistics show it qs veing rare in under 40 im 22 22 what are my realistic odds? I have no family history jus nausea

Why is there so many websites with youbg people claiming they have colon cancer when the statistics show it qs veing rare in under 40 im 22 22 what are my realistic odds? I have no family history jus nausea

Don't know..: What web sites you are looking at, but seeing something on the internet that is not produced by a well recognized source is not likely to be useful to you. Nausea is rarely a sign of cancer. Have an examination with your doctor. Use reputable web sites such as www. Cancer. Org. ...Read more

4

4
How rare is colon cancer in a 25 year old?

How rare is colon cancer in a 25 year old?

Pretty rare: Please check out www. Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

5

5
How rare is colon cancer for a white male under 40 (36) and no family history?

How rare is colon cancer for a white male under 40 (36) and no family history?

5%: From 2005-2009, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the colon and rectum was 69 years of age
. Approximately 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20; 1.1% between 20 and 34; 4.0% between 35 and 44; 13.4% between 45 and 54. You should see a genetician to see if there is familial cancer syndrome like hnpcc. ...Read more

6

6
How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

Colon cancer: Colon cancer is rare is young people but can be see in association with diseases such as familial polyposis. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease involving the colon with longstanding colitis are at greater risk of developing colon or rectal cancer than the general population. Patients who develop IBD at a younger age may be at an increased risk when they are older. ...Read more

7

7
How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old male it runs in the family I have had constipation it goes away and comes back there is no blood in stool.

How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old male it runs in the family I have had constipation it goes away and comes back there is no blood in stool.

Depends: Colon cancer is rare at your age. It is prudent to get screening colonoscopy at an age ten years younger than the lowest age at which any family member was diagnosed with colon cancer. ...Read more

8

8
Full explanation please of why colon cancer is so rare in their 20s? But I read online of hundreds of stories people are telling about colon cancer in their 20s

Full explanation please of why colon cancer is so rare in their 20s? But I read online of hundreds of stories people are telling about colon cancer in their 20s

It is rare: This normally is a disease of people over 50 and more typically in their 60's. Some theories about colon cancer suggest that a series of mutations must occur over time. This likely the reason that it is a rare disease in young patients.
It can occur in the young as part of a genetic syndrome. Usually found in families.
The typical rarely is news or of internet interest. The odd situation is. ...Read more

9

9
Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Yes: In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age. ...Read more

10

10
Is colon cancer common in young men 22 years old?

Not usaually: Colon cancer is not common before age 50 unless you have a strong family history of early colon cancers. ...Read more

12

12
How common is colon cancer in young people aged 18-24?

Not common: Less than 1% of that population has colon cancer. Why do you ask? ...Read more

13

13
How rare would it be that a person in his 20's would have colon cancer?

Quite rare; not zero: Colorectal cancers in young adults are most often due to a genetic problem like hnpcc (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer) or fap (familial polyposis coli). Cr cancers can also be seen in young adults with inflammatory bowel disease, although it is rare. Any young adult with symptoms that don't respond to treatment should seek further evaluation. ...Read more

14

14
What are you chances of having colon cancer in your 30's compared to a younger age?

What are you chances of having colon cancer in your 30's compared to a younger age?

Depends: Depends on familial risks of colon cancer and any inherited disorders linked to the possibility of colon cancer such as polyposis conditions. Generally, risks of colon cancer are higher after age 50. A cleveland clinic site states that less than 2% of colon cancer occurs under age 40. Even less common to have colon cancer in age 30's or younger. ...Read more

16

16
How quickly takes for the colon cancer to get evolved? Is the first symptoms to late to get healed? How do the young adults get protected?

Colonoscopy at 50: There are many risk factors for colon cancer. You should consult the website given below to see if you have any. If you do not have any risk factors you should get a colonoscopy at age 50. Avoid the behavioral risk factors of diet that may be applicable to you.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/basics/risk-factors/CON-20031877 ...Read more

17

17
Am I too young to have colon cancer screening at 40 if my parent had it then?

Am I too young to have colon cancer screening at 40 if my parent had it then?

Not too young: Patients with family history of colon cancer, depending on the genes involved, can get colon cancer at an age even younger than 40. Your doctor can better determine if screening with colonoscopy is warranted. ...Read more

18

18
How young is too young to have colon cancer if family history at 40?

How young is too young to have colon cancer if family history at 40?

Around 30: My rule of thumb is you need a colonoscopy 10 years earlier that the youngest colon cancer patient in your family. ...Read more

19

19
I just saw something on tv about a man who died from colon cancer at 29. But I thought this is an old man cancer? Not a young man cancer?

20yo are getting Ca: Younger patients are developing bowel cancer. Part of the problem is that it is viral in origin arising from polyoma virus. This virus has now been seen in several types of vaccines which are utilizing live but maybe only weakened viruses that may enter the host and over several years mutate to possibly initiate problems. ...Read more

20

20
Curious: What are the chances of colon cancer in someone age 34, non smoker, rare drinker, no fam hx, healthy weight (BMI around 21 or 22)?

Curious: What are the chances of colon cancer in someone age 34, non smoker, rare drinker, no fam hx, healthy weight (BMI around 21 or 22)?

Low risk before 50: Colon Cancer and Age

90% of new cases and 95% of deaths from colon cancer occur in people 50 or older. However, colon cancer does not discriminate and can happen to men and women at any age.
While rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years has been increasing.
Just launched! New pages with tons of information about young-onset colon cancer, who’s at highest risk and resources for you. Check them out!
Colon Cancer and Ethnicity and Race

Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews) may have a higher rate of colon cancer.
Partly because of disproportionate screening, African-American men and women have a higher risk of developing colon cancer and a lower survival rate (about 20% higher incidence rate and 45% higher mortality rate) compared to Caucasians, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans.
The risk of death is also increased for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.
Colon Cancer and Family History

People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or children) who has colon cancer are between two and three times the risk of developing the cancer than those without a family history. ...Read more

21

21
22 yr old I am are colon cancer a rare sign of colon cancer? Its not listed as the signs of colon cancer im scared I may have it because of noappetite

Rarely: No appetite (anorexia) is a rare and late presentation of colon cancer. Your age is another reason you are unlikely to have colon cancer. Rectal bleeding, change in stools or abdominal pain/bloating are more common symptoms. Anorexia can indicate other problems so I recommend you see your doctor, especially if it is making you lose weight! ...Read more

22

22
What are the main causes of lack of appetite in young people? Colon cancer? I'm scared and only 24

What are the main causes of lack of appetite in young people? Colon cancer? I'm scared and only 24

Needs investigation: Without a family history a 22 year male is highly unlikely to have colon cancer. Lack of appetite may be due to many causes would require a detailed history, physical examination and lab and/or imaging studies. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

24

24
I understand colon cancer is rare in my 20s im 22 but is early satiety or loss of appetite specific symptoms of colon cancer? What are the main signs?

Wt loss: And early satiety are not normal, and you need a real vs a virtual person to ask you things, examine you, and see if further tests are needed. The one thing I'm fairly sure this is not is colon cancer. Can produce overt or covert blood, cramping, varied and changed bm patterns. A physical exam and full history would help a lot before mor costly testing. ...Read more

25

25
How do I find statistics and prognoses for young (less than 50 yrs old) stage 1 colon cancer patients who didn't choose colon resection?

Tough: What therapy did you choose? Why did you not choose surgery which would be 100% curative? You need to look at old surgical articles comparing colon cancer surgery patients to those who chose not to have surgery. They will be tough to find as they are old. ...Read more

26

26
I just heard that pencil like stool is a health issue. I seldom have pencil like stool. Very rare. Should I be worried? Is it colon cancer?

I just heard that pencil like stool is a health issue. I seldom have pencil like stool. Very rare. Should I be worried? Is it colon cancer?

Maybe: Pencil like stool can be a sign of colon cancer needs valuation bye gastroenterologist Dr. If it's only happening rarely it's usually not significant ...Read more

27

27
Can anybody please explain to me why colon cancer so rare at 22? Even if I seen bright blood on stool? More than one doctor please chime in and help me understand what percentage of cases of colon cancer are there by age group

Can anybody please explain to me why colon cancer so rare at 22? Even if I seen bright blood on stool? More than one doctor please chime in and help me understand what percentage of cases of colon cancer are there by age group

Here is the data: From 2005-2009, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the colon and rectum was 69 years of age3. Approximately 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20; 1.1% between 20 and 34; 4.0% between 35 and 44; 13.4% between 45 and 54; 20.4% between 55 and 64; 24.0% between 65 and 74; 25.0% between 75 and 84; and 12.0% 85+ years of age.

See your doctor cancer is not the only cause of rectal bleeding. ...Read more

28

28
How common a symptom of colon cancer is stomach pain? I'm scared of stomach and colon cancer I heard stomach cancer is really rare please shed some light

How common a symptom of colon cancer is stomach pain? I'm scared of stomach and colon cancer I heard stomach cancer is really rare please shed some light

Why?: You are healthy, your family history is negative. Are you a smoker or excessive alcohol user? This sounds as if you may have a cancer phobia or fear. Have you had anxiety problems? Please see your doctor to discuss these issues. Stomach cancer young adults is exceedingly rare. Anxiety and phobic thinking are exceedingly common in the population. ...Read more

30

30
I have been having diarrhea and stomach pain with gas and nausea. My dad had colon cancer and I believe he had FAP when he was younger. Is it FAP?

I have been having diarrhea and stomach pain with gas and nausea. My dad had colon cancer and I believe he had FAP when he was younger. Is it FAP?

Hard to say: It is hard to say the symptoms you described does not neccessarly indicative of FAP my rtecommendation get tested for FAP and get base line colonoscopy now for the symptoms that you have and based on the result your doctor will tell you when and how ofte you need to get tested ...Read more

31

31
How many cases of colon cancer among people in the 20s age froup?

How many cases of colon cancer among people in the 20s age froup?

Rare BUT...: There are cancer-family syndrome in which many of the affected individuals have colon cancer by their mid-20's. If you have any reason to ask, a good primary care physician will tell you whether the risk warrants being 'scoped. ...Read more

32

32
In 2011-2012 what is. The estimated percentage of colon cancer awith someone in their 20s how worried should I be?

Extremely low: The incidence of colon cancer is very unusual or even rare under the age of 40. If there is an underlying condition such as colitis or familial polyposis, then the disease can occur very early. If there is a history of a very young person in your family that got colon cancer, then your risk is high enough to have a screening colonoscopy around the same age. ...Read more

33

33
Does having an adenomatus colonic polyp in one's late 20s indicate a significantly increased chance of colon cancer later in life?

Depends: On whether it is part of a genetic predisposition such as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (hnpcc), or an isolated event and you never have another polyp. Your GI doc will recommend the appropriate follow-up to minimize the risk of cancer. ...Read more

34

34
Why isn't stomach or colon cancer chances high in. My 20s? Explain. In detail please

Why isn't stomach or colon cancer chances high in. My 20s? Explain. In detail please

It is a good thing: It's good that the risk to develop colon, stomach or other type of cancer in our 20's, in general, is not high. Unless if you have a strong family history of colon ca such as in familial adenomatous polyposis or stomach cancer, then the risk would be much higher. That is because when we are younger, the gene repair mechanism is still functioning well and exposure to carcinogenic is still limited. ...Read more

35

35
What is colon cancer?

Cancer of the colon: Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). There are estimated 103, 170 (colon); 40, 290 (rectal) new cases and 51, 690 (colon and rectal combined) deaths from colon cancer in us in 2012. Screening with colonoscopy started at age of 50. ...Read more

36

36
What is colon cancer?

What is colon cancer?

Cancers: Cancers are abnormal, rapidly growing cells that do not know when to stop growing. These abnormal cells can damage local tissues, can attach to nearby organs or structures, can spread to lymph nodes, or can spread to other organs through the blood stream. Their growth damages what they are attached to, and often cancers encourage new blood flow to themselves. Cancer can grow in the colon. ...Read more

37

37
Colon cancer any signs?

Not always: Colon cancer tends to not have any signs or symptoms when it is early (when it is easiest to treat). That is why screening colonoscopies are so important, to remove any polyps that may become cancer, and to directly look for cancers. Colon cancer can cause bleeding from the rectum, tiredness from anemia, stool changes, or abdominal pain. Other things can cause this too. Best to be seen if? S. ...Read more

38

38
Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck. ...Read more

39

39
What cures colon cancer?

What cures colon cancer?

Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening. Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs. ...Read more

40

40
What causes colon cancer?

What causes colon cancer?

Very complicated: Monoclonal theory says that just like we are a living thing, we are born, we have jobs to do and then we die, each cell has a similar cycle of birth, life, and death. Cancer occurs when a cell develops so many mutations that it does not follow that cycle and does not die but can still divide itself and hides from our immune system which is there to detect abnormal cells and destroy them. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
13 Doctors shared insights

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. Chad Levitt
12 Doctors shared insights

Colonic (Definition)

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