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Question about hereditary colon cancer. Can it skip generations?

Question about hereditary colon cancer. Can it skip generations?

Yes: The genes that contribute to colon cancer are related to how cells grow or repair themselves. Skipping a generation may mean that the gene is not fully expressed or that other environmental factors did not quite tip the balance in favor of cancer. ...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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Question about hereditary colon cancer: which kinds are inherited or run in families?

Question about hereditary colon cancer: which kinds are inherited or run in families?

Several.: The types of colorectal cancers you refer to include hnpcc (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer) and fap (familial adenomatous polyposis). However, each of these can also arise form a new mutation with no family history. Garden variety colorectal cancer also has some heritability, though far less than those noted above. ...Read more

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Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Perhaps: Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed of IBS 8 months ago. My question is if this was colon cancer things would be much worse by now right? "

I've been diagnosed of IBS 8 months ago. My question is if this was colon cancer things would be much worse by now right? "

Not necessarily: Some colon cancers are very slow growing and may not have significant worsening of symptoms over 8 months. However, the symptoms of colon cancer are usually quite different than ibs symptoms. But having ibs does not mean you might not also have colon cancer. The best way to be sure you don't have that is to get a colonoscopy. In the us screening colonoscopies are advised for all people at age 50. ...Read more

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I'm afraid to death I have colon cancer?

I'm afraid to death I have colon cancer?

It depends: Hi yv3tt3. Colon cancer is often diagnosed when a person has symptoms such as bleeding from the rectum or a significant change in bowel habits. Sometimes people will experience abdominal pain as well. If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor may want to order a ct scan or a colonoscopy. Thanks for using health tap! ...Read more

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How can I tell if the symptoms I'm experiencing is colon cancer?

How can I tell if the symptoms I'm experiencing is colon cancer?

Get a check up: As you get to 50 years of age, screening for colon cancer is recommended. This can be done with colonoscopic examination of the large bowel. The symptoms of colon cancer are typically in the form of rectal bleeding or abdominal pain. If you are concerned about colon cancer, you should see your doctor and request proper testing to check you for colon cancer (done by a gastroenterologist). ...Read more

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What is the percentage chance a 24 year old can get colon cancer I'm 6ft 220 so I'm not that big?

What is the percentage chance a 24 year old can get colon cancer I'm 6ft 220 so I'm not that big?

Negligible: Unless there is family history of early age colon cancer, your chance of having colon cancer is negligible. You may consult this site for more info.
https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC2780097/
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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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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I'm having some symptoms of colon cancer. How far has it progressed when you start having symptoms? Does it vary?

May be none: There can be no symptoms at all all the way to bleeding, blockage, perforation, unwanted or unexplained weight loss. Symptoms may not be specific for colon ca. See your doc. You rsported a clean ct scan-that's good. What about the colonoscopy results? That's how the diagnosis would get made-biopsy of a tissue sample. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

I'm curious what could happen when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Metastatic colon ca: There are multiple therapy options available for the treatment of metastatic colon cancer. Patient with metastatic colon cancer should see cancer specialist to discuss chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a virgin, and I'm not overweight my diet is normal. Is it possible this is colon cancer?

It depends: Hi fbraga1. Colon cancer is often diagnosed when a person has symptoms such as bleeding from the rectum or a significant change in bowel habits. Sometimes people will experience abdominal pain as well. If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor may want to order a ct scan or a colonoscopy. Thanks for using healthtap. ...Read more

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How quickly do symptoms progress with colon cancer? I'm an 18 year old male exhibiting colon cancer-like symptoms.

How quickly do symptoms progress with colon cancer? I'm an 18 year old male exhibiting colon cancer-like symptoms.

Cancer warning signs: Warning signs for bowel cancer include blood in stool, change in bowel habits, change in stool caliber and abdominal discomfort, but none are specific for bowel cancer. A doctor can help sort out any symptoms. How quickly symptoms progress is variable among individuals. ...Read more

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I simply want to know what are the chances of colon cancer occurring at 18 years old? I'm an 18 year old female. What are the chances of colon cancer?

I simply want to know what are the chances of colon cancer occurring at 18 years old? I'm an 18 year old female. What are the chances of colon cancer?

Extremely rare: In certain cases of congenital polyposis, colon cancer may occur early. The acquired form takes 3 hits to eventually produce a field effect in specific areas of the colon. Here, polyps or cancer may arise. It is felt that this is due to secondary infection from the polyoma virus that induces the original change but then a secondary infection with EBV is needed to induce needed telomerase activit ...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?

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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What is colon cancer?

Cancer of the colon: Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). There are estimated 103, 170 (colon); 40, 290 (rectal) new cases and 51, 690 (colon and rectal combined) deaths from colon cancer in us in 2012. Screening with colonoscopy started at age of 50. ...Read more

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What is colon cancer?

What is colon cancer?

Cancers: Cancers are abnormal, rapidly growing cells that do not know when to stop growing. These abnormal cells can damage local tissues, can attach to nearby organs or structures, can spread to lymph nodes, or can spread to other organs through the blood stream. Their growth damages what they are attached to, and often cancers encourage new blood flow to themselves. Cancer can grow in the colon. ...Read more

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Colon cancer any signs?

Not always: Colon cancer tends to not have any signs or symptoms when it is early (when it is easiest to treat). That is why screening colonoscopies are so important, to remove any polyps that may become cancer, and to directly look for cancers. Colon cancer can cause bleeding from the rectum, tiredness from anemia, stool changes, or abdominal pain. Other things can cause this too. Best to be seen if? S. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer hurt?

Does colon cancer hurt?

Usually not: Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms. Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck. ...Read more

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What cures colon cancer?

What cures colon cancer?

Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening. Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs. ...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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Can this be colon cancer?

Not enough info: Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia.

If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer begin?

How does colon cancer begin?

Polyps.: Polyps (adenomas) are small, benign masses that can form within the colon. The life cycle of the mucus membranes of the colon becomes disrupted, either from genetic or environmental reasons, causing growth of polyps. If polyp growth continues abnormally, they have the potential to develop into an invasive lesion and become cancerous. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer spread?

How does colon cancer spread?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are the way colon cancer cells usually escape the colon. It can grow through the colon into the surroundings. Finally it can move from lymph nodes into the blood stream that flows to the liver. When the colon is examined, and if lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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How to know if colon cancer?

Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Is colon cancer fast-growing?

Can be: The fastest-growers are the ones that follow genetic pathways associated with the lynch loci. They may not even be preceded by a polyp -- colonoscopy can be clean one year, and a year later, there's a cancer. That's actually quite fast as cancers go. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How is colon cancer inherited?

How is colon cancer inherited?

Genes: Most colon cancers are not inherited. However, there is a subset which is associated with inherited genetic abnormalities such as hereditary polyposis a this hereditary non polyposis gene (hnpp). There are also syndromes that make you susceptible to a variety of different cancers including colon cancer such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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. Jan Lei Iwata
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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