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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. 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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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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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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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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What symptoms are common in colon cancer?

What symptoms are common in colon cancer?

Some late symptoms: Are rectal bleeding or black stools (melena) depending on location of cancer, abdominal pain, distention, change in bowel habits. But these are late signs. To catch them early, you need fecal occult blood test or colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the early symptoms of colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding, weight-loss, abdominal pain, and change in bowel habits. Patients may not have any symptoms at all though. ...Read more

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What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

Depends on location: If right sided may present with anemia (common). If large, some patients present with obstructive symptoms that require a bowel diversion. If metastatic can present with weight loss if extensive. One of the most common is detection of blood in the stool when a physician performs a rectal exam. Many variations of presentation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is colon cancer and its symptoms?

Could you explain what is colon cancer and its symptoms?

See below: Colon cancer is one of the commonest cancers and affects the large intestine. Almost all colon cancers start as polyps. A few are due to genetic defects, most are sporadic. Early colon cancer does not have symptoms. Later there may be blood in stool, change in bowel habits, weight loss and intestinal obstruction. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cancer/ds00035. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have colon cancer and only pain as symptom?

Yes, anything is: Possible, but usually patients with abdominal pain from colon cancer report weight loss, intermittent rectal bleeding or black stools, change in bowel habits, when questioned carefully. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms that would indicate that someone may have colon cancer? Are there symptoms that would indicate that someone may have colon cancer?

Thanks : Thanks for your question. Usually by the time someone experiences symptoms from colon cancer, the cancer is fairly large or has spread. This is because colon cancers typically start out as small polyps (a small "stalk" of tissue jutting out from the colon wall inside the colon) that grows larger and changes into a cancer. This doesn't really cause pain or block the passage of stool unless it has grown so large that the stool can't get around it. Symptoms someone might feel who has a colon cancer include abdominal pain, constipation, blood in the stool, unexplained weight loss, fever, night sweats, and fatigue. In the United States, screening for colon cancer is recommended for every adult over the age of 50, and sometimes earlier for patients with a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors. Screening early is important to try to detect and remove polyps before they have the chance to transform into a cancer. A colonoscopy (a scope passed into your anus and through the colon) is one way to screen for colon cancer / colon polyps. I hope this answers your question. Thanks! ...Read more

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Are smelly farts a symptom of colon cancer?

Are smelly farts a symptom of colon cancer?

Unlikely: Unlikely. Here is a good overview on symptoms to look for related to colon cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer/symptoms-and-signs. ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Is back pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Cancer pain: Usually not. Cancers are usually painless until they press on surrounding organs or nerves. Other symptoms for colon cancer should be observed, such as blood in stool. If there is any doubt, please see your internist or a GI specialist for a checkup, especially if you have a higher risk for cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a colon cancer patient?

Listed: Hopefully none if found by screening colonoscopy! otherwise, change in bowel habits, dark tarry stool (melena), red blood in stool, rectal bleeding, narrowed stools, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and/or fatigue are most common. ...Read more

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Can a colon polyp cause the same symptoms as colon cancer?

Yes and no: They can both cause blood per rectum. They can both be asymptomatic. Advanced colon cancer behaves differently than a polyp, however. If you are having these questions, speak with a doctor. ...Read more

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Is a palpable lump in the side a known symptom of colon cancer?

Is a palpable lump in the side a known symptom of colon cancer?

Maybe: If you have noted a lump that was not there before or has increased in size, get it properly evaluated. It may be colon cancer or any other intrabdominal or abdominal wall tumor or merely a hernia or abscess. In any case get it evaluated by an expert/specialist. ...Read more

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How is it possible to have stage 4 colon cancer with no symptoms?

Information: Unfortunately many cancers, particularly those in the abdomen, do not cause symptoms until they are far advanced. ...Read more

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What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

None: Blood in an ostomy punch can be many things. Is it a colostomy or ileostomy? Why was the surgery done, history cancer or diverticulitis or colitis? How long ago was the ostomy surgery? Bleeding does indicate need for a doctor evaluation. Can be ostomy appliance irritation, colitis, etc. There is no cancer staging associated with intestinal bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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. Keith Monson
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Proctology (Definition)

Proctologists are physicians who have specialized knowledge to diagnose and surgically treat disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. Such disorders may include hemorrhoids, colorectal ...Read more