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Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Yes: In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age. ...Read more

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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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How fast will colon cancer spread in 2 weeks?

How fast will colon cancer spread in 2 weeks?

Not fast: Cancer is thought to spread over several weeks-months of time, not days to weeks. As such, the commission on cancer has guidelines for treatment that cover 7-21 days from presentation to treatment. That is not to say that there are not unusual cases of cancer that seem to be remarkably aggressive, colon cancer is usually not one of them. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?

How can I reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?

Lifestyle changes: Lots of dietary factors help reduce the risk- high fiber through fruits & veggies; low fat and red meat; low alcohol use. Aspirin can reduce polyp formation and regular exercise is of benefit too. ...Read more

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How do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

How do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

See a doctor: Numerous test including ct scans and pet scans can determine if there is any evidence for metastatic disease. See your oncologist for the best advice. ...Read more

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Is it possible for late stage colon cancer be cured?

Is it possible for late stage colon cancer be cured?

Stage 4?: If by late you mean stage 4 (metastatic), the answer is: possible but unlikely. If the number of metastases is limited and the patient is in good shape, he/she could be treated aggressively with surgery and chemo (maybe even radiotherapy) and some of those, God willing, can be cured. I have seen a few of such patients and I'm sure my colleagues here have too. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How common is colon cancer in young people aged 18-24?

How common is colon cancer in young people aged 18-24?

Not common: less than 1% of that population has colon cancer. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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What exactly is the most common age to get colon cancer?

What exactly is the most common age to get colon cancer?

After 60 years of ag: It is disease of middle age an dolder years(over 60-65 years.). ...Read more

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Are certain cases of colon cancer faster-growing than others?

Are certain cases of colon cancer faster-growing than others?

Yes: Yes. In general, we think most colon cancers take about 10 years to develop. Hence, the guidelines for colonoscopy every 10 years if a "normal" colon is found. However, some familial syndromes result in faster polyp and cancer growth. Also, some individuals may have more or faster growing polyps or cancers. A gastroenterologist should be able to help individualize a surveillance program. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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