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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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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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. Tiffanie Noonan
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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