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Doctor insights on: Main Causes Of Colon Cancer

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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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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

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What are the causes of colon cancer?

What are the causes of colon cancer?

Combination: Environmental and genetic factors can increase the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer. 70% of cases are sporadic cases, only about 10% is a true inherited cancer and approximately 25% is familial type. Some risk factors include- inflammatory bowel disease, dietary habit (processed red meat), dm, alcohol, growth hormone, obesity, cigarette, immunosupressant, age, etc. ...Read more

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What are some common causes of colon cancer?

What are some common causes of colon cancer?

IBD, viruses: Colon cancer probably begins from the effect of exogenous factors on the bowel, considering that the patient does not have hereditary causes. A virus such as polyoma is probably a contributing factor along with carcinogens in the food. In addition patients with inflammatory bowel disease release, over a long period of time cytokines that can induce malignant transformation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of colon cancer and how does it develop?

What are the causes of colon cancer and how does it develop?

Unknown: Uncertain as to what exactly causes any cancer, which is non-stop cell growth. Some risks are genetic, some are related to obesity, eating too much fatty foods, eating too much meat and not enough fruits and fibers, cigarette smoking, etc. ...Read more

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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

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What is the cause of colon cancer?

What is the cause of colon cancer?

Multiple factors: Age over 50, chronic intestinal diseases, polyps, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and filly history of cancer can all increase your risk. Majority occur due to acquired defects in cells lining the intestines from a combination of one or more factors. Small minority are hereditary. ...Read more

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What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

Depends on location: If right sided may present with anemia (common). If large, some patients present with obstructive symptoms that require a bowel diversion. If metastatic can present with weight loss if extensive. One of the most common is detection of blood in the stool when a physician performs a rectal exam. Many variations of presentation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for colon cancer? What are the causes colon cancer?

What are the symptoms for colon cancer? What are the causes colon cancer?

Rectal bleeding is c: Colon cancer can be entirely silent disease, producing little or no symptoms when early and localized to the bowel. So screening with colonoscopy in asymptomatic subjects is advised to look for polyps which are precursors of colon cancer. Rectal bleeding and abdominal pain can be symptoms of this cancer but they are often not early symptoms. The cause of colon cancer is not known. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of sensation of incomplete evacuation of bowls? I'm worried I have colon cancer.

What are possible causes of sensation of incomplete evacuation of bowls? I'm worried I have colon cancer.

Incomplete function: When one has a bowel movement they assume all fecal material in the rectum has passed. That is true. The bowel however has a storage area where fecal material accumulates before it passes to the rectum Just like the GB is a reservoir for bile the transverse colon may be loaded as the storage age and at the time of a BM has not completely emptied. Might need more time to empty bowel. Not Ca. ...Read more

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Would colon cancer cause one sided pain that comes and goes for a couple of days, every couple of months?

Would colon cancer cause one sided pain that comes and goes for a couple of days, every couple of months?

Not likely: The symptoms you described are not typical of colon cancer. Unless you have family history of colon cancer occurring at an early age, you may wait till you turn 50 to get a colonoscopy. You may wish to see a doctor for your symptoms and evaluation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer cause cholecystitis?

Can colon cancer cause cholecystitis?

Yes, but...: Colon cancer can very rarely cause obstruction of the duct draining the gall bladder (cystic duct) or liver (common bile duct) by growing directly into these structures and causing an obstruction. This can lead to cholecystitis just like that caused when the obstruction is caused by a gall stone. It is a more serious situation but I believe that I have seen it only once in my 36 year career! ...Read more

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Does colon cancer cause abscess in the colon?

It can: If the cancer perforates the wall of the colon allowing feces to spill into localized area, an abscess can form. This more commonly happens with diverticulitis but can happen with cancer as well. ...Read more

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Can early stage colon cancer ever cause pain?

It can I suppose: But not likely. Pain from colon cancer is usually by intermittent obstruction or invasion of nerves, both advanced findings. Early colon cancers are usually asymptomatic and found on colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What's the cause of hematochezia? Can it be related to colon cancer?

What's the cause of hematochezia? Can it be related to colon cancer?

Yes, it could: Hematochezia, or blood in your stool, could be caused by many things. Colon cancer, stomach ulcer, polyps, hemorrhoids, anal fissure are all possibilities. Once it is detected it should be investigated by a colonoscopy, especially if you are over 50. The exam is a lot easier than many people think, and I urge you to have a blood test and arrange for the scope. Your doctor can guide you. ...Read more

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If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread? As all was fine before chemo (no distant spread)?

If colon cancer was there several can chemotherapy actually cause cancer to spread? As all was fine before chemo (no distant spread)?

Cancer metastatisis: It's very unlikely that chemotherapy would cause your cancer to spread. Chances are micro metastatic disease existed earlier and has just now become evident. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can parasite cause colon cancer?

Can parasite cause colon cancer?

Colon cancer?: Colon cancer is very common, specially if u have a family history of it. It is recommended that u do colonoscopy when u reach 40, and if symptomatic. ...Read more

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Does toilet paper cause colon cancer?

Does toilet paper cause colon cancer?

Toilet paper Ca?: Never heard this one before. What kind of crap are you reading? I recommend using uptodate. Com for medical information and nothing else. Beware of becoming a cyberchrondriac. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer cause diarrhea?

How does colon cancer cause diarrhea?

Potassium wasting: Your colon ordinarily is involved some in ridding your body of potassium, and some colon cancers and infamously the "villous adenoma" precancer can pump large amounts of potassium solution into the gut. And any obstructing lesion can cause intermittent constipation and diarrhea. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a gastric sleeve cause colon cancer?

Surgery and Cancer: Nope. I am curious why you would ask this question. I hope I am not misreading it. But, a surgical procedure does not lead to changing the dna and culture of another organ in the body. ...Read more

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Can a colon infection cause colon cancer?

Usually not: Infections can co-exist with, but not cause, colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis, which is not an infection but an inflammatory disease, is tied to increased chances of developing colon cancer. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer cause constipation?

Obstruction: Cancer can obstruct the flow of fecal matter in the colon and the obstruction may become severe enough to cause obstruction. The cancer may be ring shaped and encircle the colon or may form a large mass and block the flow of intestinal contents.
At your age, constipation is unlikely to be due to colon cancer.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer cause pain in the buttocks?

Can colon cancer cause pain in the buttocks?

Possibly.: Colon cancers in the rectosigmoid area can cause abdominal or back pain so this can quite possibly radiate, or be felt in the buttocks at least some of the time. Other colon cancers can have volvulus, perforation and fistula as complications so these also might be felt in the buttocks. ...Read more

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Does stage 4 colon cancer cause dehydration?

Does stage 4 colon cancer cause dehydration?

Dehydration: Colon cancer that leads to diarrhea or loose stool can lead to dehydration ...Read more

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Will long term constipation cause colon cancer?

Will long term constipation cause colon cancer?

Inlikely: Constipation itself does not lead to colon cancer. That being said the acute development of constipation that doesn't resolve with dietary modification and stool softener a can signify the development of a colon cancer and should always be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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. Ana Adelstein
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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