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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?

Don't be: You should not be afraid or embarrased to tell your doctor anything, especially if it is something that concerns you. If your relationship with you doctor is awkward, i would get a new primary care physician until you find one that you are comfortable with. ...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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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. Michael Kleerekoper
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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