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What is the chance of getting colorectal/colon cancer in america?

What is the chance of getting colorectal/colon cancer in america?

1 in 13!!!: Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most comon ca overall in usa, but the second most deadly! colon ca rates have been falling since the widespread institution of screening and awareness of prevention by colonoscopy (thank you katie couric!). Colon ca rates are far lower in less developed nations, prob due to many factors but diet seems to be a key one. Risks are higher for certain groups, so check md. ...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


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Are colorectal cancer and colon cancer the same thing with different locations?

Are colorectal cancer and colon cancer the same thing with different locations?

Yes and no: Both are adenocarcinomas of the 'large intestine' broadly speaking. However, due to several anatomic differences, colon and rectal cancer behave differently. For that reason the preoperative staging is different and the treatment can be different (surgery +/-chemotherapy for colon cancer, surgery +/- chemoradiation therapy for rectal cancer). The functional outcomes are different as well. ...Read more

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Colon cancer or colorectal cancer, what's the difference?

Colon cancer or colorectal cancer, what's the difference?

Location: Cancers that arise from the epithelium of the large intestine are similar in most ways whether they are in the colon or rectum. Discussions of "colon cancer" unspecified usually mean "colorectal" unless stated otherwise. Usage, including by me, is often sloppy. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 26 year old with no family history of colon cancer and no genetic disorders having colorectal cancer or polyps?

What are the chances of a 26 year old with no family history of colon cancer and no genetic disorders having colorectal cancer or polyps?

It is possible: It is certainly possible. Some of the familial polyposis syndroms don't necessarily have to have a family history to be present. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing symptoms of colon cancer. What should I do?

I've been experiencing symptoms of colon cancer. What should I do?

Gastroenterologist: I would immediately consult with a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. You may need simple blood tests and perhaps a colonoscopy to determine what is going on along the internal lining of your entire colon before determining whether or not you have an actual lesion. Other imaging studies may be performed as well. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between hemmorhoids and colon cancer? Even though the symptoms are very similar, what are the major differences?

How can you tell the difference between hemmorhoids and colon cancer? Even though the symptoms are very similar, what are the major differences?

Can be difficult: GREAT question although if we are talking about you it would be very unusual for a 19 yo to have colorectal cancer. The point is it really is almost impossible to know for sure and therefore everyone who has rectal bleeding or a change in bowel habits should see a provider even though the most common cause of both of these is not cancer. ...Read more

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I am 43, based on my many symptoms and years of chronic constipation, would be wise to have a endoscopy and colonoscopy? My grandad had colon cancer

I am 43, based on my many symptoms and years of  chronic constipation, would be wise to have a endoscopy and colonoscopy? My grandad had colon cancer

Yes: Talk to you primary care provider. Ask for a colonoscopy. If you get resistance talk to your health insurance company. You will get peace of mind from the scope. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Im 22 with freah blood in stool occassionally no other symptoms chances it means I may have colon cancer?

No: The commonest cause of painless rectal bleeding in a young individual is internal hemorrhoids. You should see your pcp who can do proctodscopy and see if the hemorrhoids are bleeding. He can then decide whether you need colonoscopy or a colorectal surgeon for treatment of bleeding hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a peptic ulcer compared to colon cancer?

What are the symptoms of a peptic ulcer compared to colon cancer?

Different: Ulcers generally cause upper abdominal pain, burning, radiation to back.Can include nausea, black tarry stools and weight loss. Colorectal cancer symptoms include blood in stool, change in bowels and weight loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more