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If my great aunt had colon cancer at 66, lived to 95 and my grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 72, does this sound like Lynch syndrome?

If my great aunt had colon cancer at 66, lived to 95 and my grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 72, does this sound like Lynch syndrome?

No: You've asked before, right? I'm not sure why you're concerned, but I also honor folks' intuition. It's an easy if perhaps slightly pricey genetic test. If you have decided what you'd do different once you have your answer, ask your physician about it. ...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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I'm 22 y/o my dad died from pancreatic cancer @ 65 (i was 19) my mom died from colon cancer @ 55(i was 20). Should i be worried abt me?

I'm 22 y/o my dad died from pancreatic cancer @ 65 (i was 19) my mom died from colon cancer @ 55(i was 20). Should i be worried abt me?

A few things: I am very sorry to hear about your loss and your fathers health. In terms of risks, you should be aware that you need to have your colonoscopy 10 years before your mom was diagnosed (assuming it was 55 then yours would be at 45) --unless you have a change in bowel habits, or if you have rectal bleeding etc. ...Read more

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I have pancreatic cancer, cll, skin cancer and. Had colon cancer. I have been itchy for the past few days should I go to my doctor?

I have pancreatic cancer, cll, skin cancer and. Had colon cancer. I have been itchy for the past few days should I go to my doctor?

Yes: Itching of the skin may represent retained bile salts caused by blockage of the common bile duct. An evaluation by your doctor is advisable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at 54, grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 70 and great aunt had colon cancer at 65. No one else has cancer in my large family. Could I have the brca gene?

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at 54, grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 70 and great aunt had colon cancer at 65. No one else has cancer in my large family. Could I have the brca gene?

Very Low Risk: The risk of having a brca mutation can be estimated at: http://www.Myriadpro.Com/brca-risk-calculator/calc.Html. A woman with ashkenazi jewish heritage and this family history would have about an 8% chance of having a brca mutation. Without ashkenazi heritage the risk drops to 1.5%. The best way to know for sure would be to have your mother see a genetic counselor and consider having testing. ...Read more

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What are typical colon cancer symptoms that most patients have? Do all cancer patients have swollen, painful lymph nodes?

What are typical colon cancer symptoms that most patients have? Do all cancer patients have swollen, painful lymph nodes?

Here are some ...: Does this question pertain to you? If yes, it is much less likely happening to one at 20. The common symptoms related with colon cancer are changed habit of BM without traceable foods indigestion, bloody in or on stool, but most patients would not have any symptoms at all in its early stage. Besides, it related LN enlargement presents in mesentery, not outside. More? Ask doctors timely. ...Read more

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Im only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?

Im only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?

No: Lack of appetite is not a usual symptom of colon cancer. Unless you have strong family history of colon cancer occurring at a young age, you are too young to worry about it. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have to poop 2-3 times in one day but sometimes I won't go for 2 days I also get strong urge to go are the colon cancer symptoms I'm 20?

Sometimes I have to poop 2-3 times in one day but sometimes I won't go for 2 days I also get strong urge to go are the colon cancer symptoms I'm 20?

No.: Unless a LOT of people in your family have colon cancer below age 50. There are genetic diseases that give colon cancer at a young age. If you dont have that in your family and you would know, then colon cancer is exceedingly rare below age 50. Irritable bowel however is quite common. ...Read more

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How quickly do colon cancer symptoms occur? Would you expect to see 2/3 symptoms with a few weeks. Thank you

How quickly do colon cancer symptoms occur? Would you expect to see 2/3 symptoms with a few weeks. Thank you

Colon cancer symptom: Symptoms are very late sigh of colon cancer. But need more detail on what you call symptoms. Blood in stool? tarry stool? obstructed GI signs. Don't wait for symptoms to Dx colon cancer. With Hx of testicular Ca I would be more worried about this. Discuss with Dr. Now. ...Read more

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If I have stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms, how can I tell?

If I have stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms, how can I tell?

Depends: Early colon cancer has no symptoms. Later can develop rectal bleeding, change in bowel function with smaller loose bowel movements, and later even colon bowel blockage. Indigestion is not a common symptom of colon cancer. See a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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16 year old worried about colon cancer ! symptoms, abdominal pain for a week , on/off constipation for 5 months, blood in stool 2x in past 2 months?

16 year old worried about colon cancer ! symptoms, abdominal pain for a week , on/off constipation for 5 months, blood in stool 2x in past 2 months?

Thanks for asking: I am glad that you are concerned about your health at this age. You are having some things that suggest your GI system is not acting quite right. Pain, changes in stool and blood can be signs of colon cancer, but that is very rare at your age. Other conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's) are more common, but less serious most likely. Family history critical too. Since blood, be seen. ...Read more

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Im 16 is it possible for me to get pancreatic, liver, colon cancer?

It is possible: But unlikely. Pediatric cancer is not common, with approximately 12k new diagnoses in the us each year. A majority of patients have leukemia, lymphoma, or CNS tumors. Other tumors are more rare. Tumors of the organs you describe are exceptionally rare in kids outside the presence of a familial cancer syndrome. If you have genuine concern about this, is speak with your parents or your doctor. ...Read more

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What should I know about the whipple procedure done for pancreatic or colon cancer?

What should I know about the whipple procedure done for pancreatic or colon cancer?

Major surgery: Whipple surgery involves removal of a part of the pancreas, small intestine & bile duct with several new surgical connections performed. Best performed by a well experienced general surgeon who has done many of these procedures. Risks of bleeding, infection, poor healing, pancreas leak, diabetes, etc. ...Read more

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A recent CT scan with contrast revealed two cysts on pancreas. What does this mean? Previous colon cancer and has esld. Also 6mm mass on liver.

A recent CT scan with contrast revealed two cysts on pancreas.  What does this mean? Previous colon cancer and has esld.  Also 6mm mass on liver.

Needs attention: Needs work up. Most of the pancreatic tumors are solid but cysadenoma , cystadeno carcinoma will present as cystic lesions need biopsy of these lesions to make sure they are not malignant also liver lesion. If pancreatic lesions are benign could be a candidate for liver transplantation for end stage liver disease ( esld ). ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?

Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?

Plan to live: Chronic pancreatitis only has a slight tendency to produce cancer especially if it's hereditary, and if it was not seen on imaging, it's very unlikely to be there and you should plan to live. If you are not a longtime heavy drinker, then we need to seek the cause of your liver, heart and pancreatic disease. It may be that a healthier future awaits you with aerobic fitness as the key. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why are breast tumors imaged with a scanner but colon or pancreatic cancer cannot?

Why are breast tumors imaged with a scanner but colon or pancreatic cancer cannot?

All diagnostic: Tests have limitations, depending on the size and anatomical location of the tumor. In the breast, it is relatively easy because it is an external organ. Pancreas is an organ located deep behind the abdomen in the retroperitoneum, so it is more difficult to image. Colon cancer can be imaged these days with ct virtual colonoscopy, but presence of stool can make it difficult to image. ...Read more

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Why can breast tumors be imaged using a scanner but colon or pancreatic cancer cannot?

Why can breast tumors be imaged using a scanner but colon or pancreatic cancer cannot?

See below: This is a difficult question to answer in short format. Mammogram and breast ultrasound can see breast tumors. Tumors of the colon are located inside the organ and are best seen by colonoscopy. Pancreas tumors or colon tumors can be seen by ct scan, but only when they become fairly large. ...Read more

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If pain and weight loss were as a result of pancreatic cancer would CT colonoscopy see the tumour on pancreas as it sees these organs as well as colon?

Possible: It sounds as if you previously had a ct scan of your colon? It is unlikely your pancreas was imaged with the "colonography". An abdominal scan or ct dedicated to the pancreas is one of the better imaging studies to properly evaluate your pancreas. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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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