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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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Is it possible to have colorectal cancer without having polyps?

Is it possible to have colorectal cancer without having polyps?

Possible: For a small percentage of colon cancers caused by lynch syndrome (also known as hnpcc - hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer), there is an absence of polyps. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to tell if I have colon cancer!?

Is it possible for me to tell if I have colon cancer!?

If you have: Bleeding, or a family history, colonoscopy might be indicated. If you are just worried, a stool test can detect secret blood (guaiac), and that would be an indicator to get colonoscopy if positive. These stool tests are cheap and helpful, but endoscopy is expensive and not a casual test. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have colon cancer without polups or tumors?

Is it possible to have colon cancer without polups or tumors?

Colon cancer: You can get colon cancer without polyps preceding it. If you have colon cancer you have a colonic tumor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lipoma and no colon polyps?

Is it possible to have lipoma and no colon polyps?

Yes: A lipoma is a completely benign fatty tumor under the lining of the colon. They are not related to polyps. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have colon cancer at age 21?

Is it possible for me to have colon cancer at age 21?

If genetically susce: Patients with family history of certain mutations can develop colon cancer at an early age. For a person without such history, it is very unlikely to have colon cancer at 21. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have oral cancer?

Is it possible for me to have oral cancer?

Yes, but: Unlikely at your age. Signs include pain. ulcer, swelling, numb lip or chin, lump in mouth or neck. read or white area. If uncertain, see an oral surgeon for exam/biopsy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to know I have prostate cancer without getting molested?

Is it possible for me to know I have prostate cancer without getting molested?

PSA and exam: You can have a screening psa exam, a blood test which can indicate a higher risk of prostate cancer. But, please don't insult the health care professionals by being so flippant. Many times, the diagnosis of prostate cancer is just a finger tip away, and you should thank us for being willing to do it, not belittle us by your tasteless remark. If you do believe this is molestation, you need help. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 14 year old to get colon cancer? Or stomach cancer.

Is it possible for a 14 year old to get colon cancer? Or stomach cancer.

Yes, but very rare: Stomach cancer in children younger than 18 years account for less than 1% of all stomach cancer cases. Fewer than 100 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in children each year in the United States. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/unusual-cancers-childhood/healthprofessional/page4. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to feel lump from ovarian cancer?

Not early enough: Only very advanced ovarian cancer will produce swelling in the abdomen which a patient can see and feel. Early ovarian cancers are too deeply located to be palpable by patient's hands. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a teenager can have colon cancer?

Is it possible that a teenager can have colon cancer?

Unlikely, but: Anything is possible, especially if this teenager is in a high risk group. Get an opinion from a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have colon cancer at 18?

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

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Is it possible for a 14-year-old to have prostate cancer?

Is it possible for a 14-year-old to have prostate cancer?

Rare, not impossible: Nothing is impossible 14 year old boys have a prostate, and any organ can get cancer it would be extremely rare and likely the source of a journal article in a patient that young, it would most likely be a rhabdomyosarcoma, not a traditional adenocarcinoma. ...Read more

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Is it still possible for me to have familial adenomatous polyposis if parent had colon cancer?

Is it still possible for me to have familial adenomatous polyposis if parent had colon cancer?

Yes if parent has it: Yes if parent had colon cancer due to familial adenomatous polyposis, you could have inherited, only way to rule out is to see your physician , and have a colonascopy done. ...Read more

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I had a sessile serrate adenoma0.7x0.4x0.2 cmonly 27/f no history cancer in family! why? So scared as its precancerous what can I do to not get more polyp

I had a sessile serrate adenoma0.7x0.4x0.2 cmonly 27/f no history cancer in family! why? So scared as its precancerous what can I do to not get more polyp

Dumb luck: These just happen. They have a slight tendency to presage cancer. You'd do well to get a colonoscopy from time to time and if you do this, your chances of getting a really nasty colon cancer are greatly reduced. Easy does it, comply and don't panic. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to detect cancer from a laparoscopy?

Sometimes can: Zedar1, for a cancer to be seen on laparoscopy it has to be big enough to be seen and has to stand out from normal findings. Most laparoscopy is not to look for cancer so often does not look thoroughly at all the organs and surfaces. So given this, it would only be noticed if someone happen to see it by chance. If the laparoscopy is to look for cancer, it is more likely to see and biopsy things. ...Read more

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How probable would it be for a 15 year old to have colon cancer?

Very very rare: Even with a strong family history of colon cancer, it is extremely unlikely for a 15 year old to have colon cancer. See this site for hereditary colon cancer info. http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/guide/inherited-colorectal-cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal stool with colon cancer?

Is it possible to have normal stool with colon cancer?

Yes!: Most colon Cancers may not show up in or effect your stool till it is late and quite advanced(enough to narrow or block the lumen of the colon. If there is sufficient risk of colon cancer, then Colonoscopy is the best way to check for Colon Cancer provided the person is 50 years or older( this is the age to begin screening for Colon cancer in an asymptomatic person). ...Read more

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If I have residual cervical cancer, is there a way to take care of it without hysterectomy?

If I have residual cervical cancer, is there a way to take care of it without hysterectomy?

CERVICAL CANCER: The gyne do a cone biopsy and remove the cancerous tissues. He follows you up for any recurrence or watch you closely. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer for ten years without knowing?

Is it possible to have breast cancer for ten years without knowing?

Unlikely, but...: I guess a very tiny breast cancer could initially go undetected and grow over a 10 year time period into a larger mass that is then able to be felt on a physical examination. ...Read more

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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


Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more