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What do doctors do to check you for colon cancer?

What do doctors do to check you for colon cancer?

Exam: Physical exam, rectal exam, check for blood in the stool, colonoscopy if indicated. ...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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Doctors can you tell me when should I be tested for colon cancer?

Doctors can you tell me when should I be tested for colon cancer?

50 if no symptoms: The current recommendations are to get a screening colonoscopy at age 50 if no symptoms and no family history. Certainly sooner if you are having GI problems. Also sooner if family history. For example if parent had colon cancer at 50 you should be screened 10 years earlier at 40. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does one do to lessen the chances of getting colon cancer?

Can doctors tell me what does one do to lessen the chances of getting colon cancer?

Colonoscopy.: Kduffey1. Colon cancer is the only cancer that can be prevented. Colon cancer appears more from 50 years up. Persons with familiar polyposis will develop colon cancer, colon cancer comes from a previous benign polyp, if a person has colonoscopy from 50 years up will not develop colon cancer. Colonoscopy should be done earlier if the person has rectal bleeding or diarrheas or constipation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting colon cancer and how did doctors get that probability?

What are the chances of getting colon cancer and how did doctors get that probability?

46 cases/yr in 100K: The risk of developing cancer of the colon and rectum is low (46 cases out of 100k population per year, in the us.) this comes from large population data studies, called "seer cancer statistics review" http://seer.Cancer.Gov/statfacts/html/colorect.Html. ...Read more

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How do doctors check for colon cancer?

How do doctors check for colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: We can check for blood in the stool and that will catch about 50% of the colon cancers. Current recommendations also include colonoscopy starting at age 50 which will catch most of the cancers and is our most powerful tool in preventing colon cancer. Polyps that will go on to form cancer are found during the colonoscopy. This should be done every 10 years. People at high risk would have more frequ. ...Read more

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What to do if i might have colon cancer im afraid/embarrassed to tell my doc?

What to do if i might have colon cancer im afraid/embarrassed to tell my doc?

Tell your doc: There's nothing to be embarrassed about. Your doctor isn't there to judge you, but to help you. You should say what worries you and explain what you are thinking. Your doctor will listen and then develop a plan with you on how to proceed. Doctors see and hear all sorts of things, and none of it is embarrassing. ...Read more

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Why are most doctors so quick to write off colon cancer probability in a 21 year old? Most doctors wont test me for colon cancer why?

Why are most doctors so quick to write off colon cancer probability in a 21 year old? Most doctors wont test me for colon cancer why?

Too young: Unless you have bad genetic mutation and/or terrible luck, colon cancer is exceeding rare for a 21 year old. Screening colonoscopy has an unacceptable complication vs benefit ratio when performed on an asymptomatic, normal risk young person. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know that I have colon cancer?

How does the doctor know that I have colon cancer?

Biopsy: A biopsy is needed to be sure and start treatment, but other ways it may be suspected is a positive stool blood test, blood tests, and ct scan. ...Read more

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How can a doctor know for sure I don't have colon cancer?

How can a doctor know for sure I don't have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: If reason to suspect colon cancer colonoscopy is considered best. Routine colonoscopy advocated by many M.D. Based upon age. ...Read more

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Can a doctor tell if you have colon cancer by taking test?

Can a doctor tell if you have colon cancer by taking test?

Depends on type: Guaiac for blood in the stool can be a sign of colon cancer. Colonoscopy is a screening study, where a polyp, tumor, or mass can be biopsied and a diagnosis given by a pathologist for colon cancer. Imaging studies may suggest a tumor also. There are many ways of screening for colon cancer (usually started after 50 years), depending on age and symptoms. ...Read more

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My doctor is going to 'examine' me for colon cancer and i'm really embarressed. What should I do?

My doctor is going to 'examine' me for colon cancer and i'm really embarressed. What should I do?

Discuss youconcerns: If they r referring to a digital rectal exam , then speaking with your doctor about your concerns may allow them to explain how quickly and easily the exam itself will be. There should only b slight pressure and no pain. If you are referring to a colonoscopy, discuss as well but know that some of the medications they give you help relax and decrease anxiety and memory of the procedure. ...Read more

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On-line doctor writes that colon cancer is extremely common among healthy people in their sixties. So, everyone in age group will get colon cancer?

On-line doctor writes that colon cancer is extremely common among healthy people in their sixties. So, everyone in age group will get colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: The lifetime risk for developing colon cancer is about 4.5%. The median age at diagnosis is about 70. It is the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer. So, relatively speaking, it is a common cancer, but it is not extremely common. Most people won't get colon cancer. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the possibilities that ulcerative pancolitis could lead to colon cancer?

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Colitis and colon ca: High. Pancolitis confers a 5- to 15-fold increase in risk for colon ca development compared to that in the general population. If a dysplastic mass or lesion occur, colectomy is needed. Also early colon cancer screening should be instituted for someone with ulcerative pancolitis. The lifetime incidence of crc at average risk is about 5%. ...Read more

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What can a doctor's rectal exam tell me about my risk for colon cancer?

Screening tool: On rare occasion a low lying rectal cancer can be detected on the exam by feeling it. Most often stool is sampled and analyzed for traces of blood. If blood is found then the doctor can check for hemorrhoids and may recommend a colonoscopy to find out if there is a specific cause such as a polyp or a cancer or diverticulosis. ...Read more

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At 45 years old is Colon Cancer likely? The doctor looked and said hemorrods

Yes: Colon cancer is seen in people in your age group. The youngest patient in my practice was 41. He had nonspecific GI complaint & I ordered a colonoscopy that saved his life by finding early cancerous polyp. Moral of this story...get a colonoscopy. If normal, hemorrhoids can bleed & cause rectal pain but don't turn into cancer. Proper high fiber diet and drinking a lot of water is the best treatment ...Read more

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What are some of the physical symtoms that a person may have that may lead a doctor to check for colon cancer?

What are some of the physical symtoms that a person may have that may lead a doctor to check for colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Possible Sx's /Signs of colon cancer: Blood in stool, change in feces (loose stool/ constipation/ etc.), abdominal pain, cramps, gas, weight loss, weakness, incomplete evacuation of bowel. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/basics/symptoms/con-20031877 ...Read more

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Why do doctors recommend colonoscopy at age 50? People under 40 with no family history of colon cancer are getting sick and the number is rising.

Why do doctors recommend colonoscopy at age 50?  People under 40 with no family history of colon cancer are getting sick and the number is rising.

Official: Recommendation is based upon statistical data, where risk/benefit does not justify screening colonoscopy for those under 50 with no risk factors. This recommendation might change in the future, depending on whether or not your observation at your end proves to be true. ...Read more

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What should we expect from liver & colon cancer? Daddy 63 yrs.His liver is completely gone.Doctors say it would't be much help to surgery on his colon.

What should we expect from liver & colon cancer? Daddy 63 yrs.His liver is completely gone.Doctors say it would't be much help to surgery on his colon.

Unlikely Cure: My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Colon cancer that has spread entirely into the liver is in very advanced stages. Treatment for colon cancer has 2 attacks - local and systemic. The surgery only treats local disease, not the spread. The problem with surgery is that chemotherapy gets delayed - and chemo is the only way to treat the systemic disease, which is the bigger problem now. ...Read more

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Grandmother had surgery to remove part of her enlarged colon(cancer)& now about6months later doc says cancer returned&wants to put her in Chemo-advice?

It depends on her wi: Chemotherapy is commonly used for recurrence of colon Cancer. if your Grandma(GM) is physically fit and able to take care of herself, then it is likely that she can tolerate chemotherapy. Seek input from a medical oncologist in your area and have him/her guide your GM's future care. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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. Scott Keith
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Colonic (Definition)

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