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At what age should people check for colon cancer?

At what age should people check for colon cancer?

50: Colon cancer screening is recommended beginning at age 50, unless one has a strong family history, in which case screening should begin 10 years earlier. The frequency of subsequent screening tests is dependent on the findings and the method of screening chosen. ...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 do doctors check for colon cancer?

How do doctors check for colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: We can check for blood in the stool and that will catch about 50% of the colon cancers. Current recommendations also include colonoscopy starting at age 50 which will catch most of the cancers and is our most powerful tool in preventing colon cancer. Polyps that will go on to form cancer are found during the colonoscopy. This should be done every 10 years. People at high risk would have more frequ. ...Read more

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If you are a 40-year-old vegetarian--should I check for colon cancer?

If you are a 40-year-old vegetarian--should I check for colon cancer?

Not yet.: Colon cancer screening should begin at age 50 unless you have a family history of colon cancer. While we believe colon cancer to be associated with high red meat diets, being a vegetarian should not exclude you from routine screening. ...Read more

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Is there a DNA test to check for colon cancer?

Is there a DNA test to check for colon cancer?

Yes, BUT.: There are commercial tests available. They are not more effective than other methods of screening ( fecal occult blood and colonoscopy) and are not as cost effective. ...Read more

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Could I have a pet scan to check for colon cancer instead of having a colonoscopy?

Could I have a pet scan to check for colon cancer instead of having a colonoscopy?

I agree, No: Pet-ct scans are typically used after a diagnosis of cancer to look for other spread of the tumor. If you are looking for an alternative to routine colonoscopy, ct-colonography or virtual colonoscopy is an option. This still involves a bowel prep but requires no sedation. If something is found, you may still need a colonoscopy. Insurance companies are not quite on-board paying for this as yet. ...Read more

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What are some of the physical symtoms that a person may have that may lead a doctor to check for colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Possible Sx's /Signs of colon cancer: Blood in stool, change in feces (loose stool/ constipation/ etc.), abdominal pain, cramps, gas, weight loss, weakness, incomplete evacuation of bowel. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/basics/symptoms/con-20031877 ...Read more

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Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

No: Cancer surveillance is usually done with a CT scan. Ultrasound is unable visualize most of the abdomen effectively. A normal ultrasound would not exclude spread of the cancer. ...Read more

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When should you get checked for colon cancer?

When should you get checked for colon cancer?

Q 5yrs: If asymptomatic most people should have colorectal screening every 5 yrs starting at age 40. If symptomatic such as with losing wt., change in bowel habit, developing a new inguinal hernia over age 40 (increased intra abdominal pressure) and evidence of blood in stool one should get checked for colon cancer which is on the increase especially in younger people. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to check you for colon cancer?

What do doctors do to check you for colon cancer?

Exam: Physical exam, rectal exam, check for blood in the stool, colonoscopy if indicated. ...Read more

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


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