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Reasons For Colon Cancer
Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Colon cancer: Colon cancer is a result of interaction between genetic factors and environmental factors, resulting in an abnormal and uncontrolled proliferation of gut cells. Environmental factors include diet, alcohol, smoking, certain bacterial infection, etc. Genetic change include mutations in tumor suppressor genes and dnr repair genes, both of which normal safeguard out genome. ...Read more
Mostly unknown: Most colon cancers start as polyps. A minority of the colon cancers are hereditary and the cause is not known in most. Risk factors including low fiber diet, intake of saturated fats, obesity and increasing age. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cancer/ds00035. ...Read more
How likely is colon cancer in a 15 year old girl? My daughter keeps thinking she has it for some reason What about are the chances?
Very very rare: Other for congenital situations colon cancer under 30 yrs of age is rare. Under 20 years of age is even rarer. The polyoma virus that initiates many of the cases requires a series of steps including the development of telomerase to initiate the malignant transformation process with mutation in p53 and the APC gene taking place. This takes years and why colon cancer appears at middle age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If i've been told there's a pretty good chance I have colon cancer would that be the reason when i go to the restroom that my legs always go numb?
Maybe: First off, if you've been told you probably have colon cancer, check it out right away, get treated. Numbness after going to the restroom suggests you are sitting in one position too long. This can occur if you have a partial blockage from a cancer which makes it hard to eliminate the feces. It could also be totally unrelated perhaps some spinal problem. As always, let your physician evaluate. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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