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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

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 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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Doctors can you tell me when should I be tested for colon cancer?

Doctors can you tell me when should I be tested for colon cancer?

50 if no symptoms: The current recommendations are to get a screening colonoscopy at age 50 if no symptoms and no family history. Certainly sooner if you are having GI problems. Also sooner if family history. For example if parent had colon cancer at 50 you should be screened 10 years earlier at 40. ...Read more

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At what age should I start getting tested for colon cancer? My granddad died from it in his 40s.

At what age should I start getting tested for colon cancer? My granddad died from it in his 40s.

Depends: If your parents have been checked ( the one related to the grand parent) for polyps or colon cancer. It is first degree relatives that pose an increased risk for you. So ask you parents if the had a colonoscopy and if they had polyps. If they haven't they need to get one for their sake and yours. If the parent had polyps/cancer take 15 years off the age they were diagnosed for you to start having. ...Read more

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What gene do I need to get tested for the familial colon cancer?

What gene do I need to get tested for the familial colon cancer?

Need more info: Totally different genes predispose to colon cancer, including BRCA 1 and 2; Familial Adenomatous Polyposis develops so many polyps in the colon they may be too numerous to count--but this one is quite rare. The commonest is Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer. You may be at increased risk if close family members have developed it. See http://www.hopkinscoloncancercenter.org/CMS/CMS_Page.aspx? ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?

Could you tell me if my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?

40: You should have a screening colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the regular population, so get screened by age 40. Eat a lower fat, higher fiber diet, and take a single Aspirin daily. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mom I know has colon cancer, but could my 96 yr old grandfather who has never been tested?

Possible ??: At 96 one would need to have a symptom to be checked for colon cancer, because of the likelihood of other medical conditions that are associated with advanced age. It is unusual to do screening in a person of this age. If he is unusually fit some doctors would consider it. On the other hand, if he has not been tested and is 96, he may not agree to look now. ...Read more

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What happens if I have tested negative for blood in my stool, does it mean I cannot have colon cancer?

What happens if I have tested negative for blood in my stool, does it mean I cannot have colon cancer?

No true correlation: Stool guaiac to define blood in stool of little value since many tumors do not bleed especially those on the rt. side where bowel content is mostly liquid and will not extract blood from a tumor. In addition internal hemorrhoids can bleed and as such no correlation to malignancy. Colonoscopy every 5 yrs looking for bowel lesions is the most effective screening test at the present time. ...Read more

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Mom died of colon cancer, all 4 of dad's sis had breast cancer or precancer. 1 of the sis tested negative for cancer gene. Do I have elevated risk?

Yes, you do: First, i'm sorry to hear about your mom. That's so hard. And it's hard to worry about your own risk. You do have a higher risk of cancer, and it is probably not due to the breast/ovarian cancer gene (brca). Lynch syndrome is more likely. I can't tell you your exact risk because that depends on the age of your mom and your aunts when they were diagnosed. Tell every doctor this history from now on! ...Read more

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What is colon cancer?

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 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. Barbara Lavi
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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