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Is It Possible For Me To Have Colon Cancer At Age 21
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
How likely would it be for an 18 year old to have colon cancer? (No cancer in family) I simply want to know the chances of colon cancer at my age.
Very unlikely: Colon cancer typically starts after the age of 50, although due to obesity and other factors there is been a trend of increasing incidence in the younger groups. Even so, colon cancer is very unlikely at ages younger than 40. Even if one has the classical familial polyposis which is at a higher risk for colon cancer, the average age is still 39. ...Read more
Very rare: The majority of lumps in 17 year old breast will be benign (not cancer). Most women do not develop breast cancer until they are in their 40's or 50's or older. Some women with a very strong family history where other family members got cancer at an early age may get it early too but this is very rare. If concern, talk to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is it recommended to get a colonoscopy at age 43 if there is a family history of colon cancer? What other tests are needed at this age?
10 years before diag: A basic guideline is that in the case of a potentially inherited cancer trait, that we start screening 10 years before the presentation of a first degree relative, i.e. Parent or sibling. If the relative was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 53, we consider beginning screening tests at 43. Otherwise begin screenings as age appropriate, colonoscopy age 50, mammo age 40. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not common but could: While colon cancer is not common in your age group, it is possible, even with no known family history. Only 30% of colon cancer is hereditary, and often families don't know about or are confused about their family history. If you have symptoms, such as rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, or weight loss, you should be evaluated by your physician. He/she can decide if you need further workup. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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Is it possible to have prostate cancer in the age of 26. I had gone for the psa test and psa level is 3.75. But doctor said no problem you live your ?
Very rare: It is possible but unlikely. The incidence of prostate cancer in patients under 50 is very low and usually found in patients with a strong family history. Psa can be elevatd due to other noncancer causes and is controversial as a screening tool. You should see a urologist to discuss further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BRACA dependent: Since it takes many hits and time for a cell to transform, breast cancer is most frequent over the age of 40. With BRACA mutations congenital breast malignancies can develop under the age of 20. Any mass appearing in a young womans breast must be evaluated as a fibroadenoma or developing malignancy. Patients without BRACA have been seen as young as 17 y.o. ...Read more
Not likely: It's not impossible, but highly unlikely. There are few juvenile cancers that affect the throat but get checked out by a throat specialist if there are persistent concerns. ...Read more
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