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What are the factors that make it more likely to get colorectal cancer?

What are the factors that make it more likely to get colorectal cancer?

Numerous: Diet high in red meat, processed and smoked foods, alcohol, smoking, family history colon cancer or polyps, personal history of polyps, colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease and age over 50. ...Read more

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Dr. Herbert Hoover
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Colorectal Cancer (Definition)

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The cells lining the colon or rectum become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. They start as polyps. Symptoms include blood in the stool, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. This cancer can be prevented through early screening, if a polyp is detected during a colonoscopy and excised. Additionally, a high fiber diet with plenty of water and a ...Read more


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Are some people more likely to get colorectal cancer?

Are some people more likely to get colorectal cancer?

Yes: There is a higher risk of getting colorectal cancer if it runs in a person's family, they have a genetic abnormality, and/or they have ulcerative colitis. There are likely others, but these are the ones that immediately come to my mind. ...Read more

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Is colorectal cancer hereditary? I have three family members (aunts and uncle) with colorectal cancer. Am i more likely to get it than a normal person? Should i start getting tested and when?

Is colorectal cancer hereditary? I have three family members (aunts and uncle) with colorectal cancer. Am i more likely to get it than a normal person? Should i start getting tested and when?

Family history: Family history is extremely important in colon cancer. You should start colonoscopy screening at age 40 or ten years before the earliest case in the family, whichever is earlier. Genetic testing may be indicated as well. ...Read more

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Can young person get colorectal cancer?

Can young person get colorectal cancer?

Yes, but uncommon: About 150000 new cases of colon/rectal ca in us/yr. 90% are age 50 and up. + family history, especially of early ca increases risk. Longstanding ibd increases risk. Certain (rare to uncommon) genetic syndromes increase risk. Check your family's history, see your doc. ...Read more

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How many people get colorectal cancer after 65?

How many people get colorectal cancer after 65?

Enough/a great many.: The incidence of this cancer goes up greatly after age 50. This is why colonoscopy is recommended for anyone over age 50 as a guideline. Both men and women are affectedust about equally. Colonoscopy is recommended by the american cancer society “guidelines for the early detection of cancer” once every 10 years and flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, and virtual colonoscopy every 5 years. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get colorectal cancer when you're still young?

Is it possible to get colorectal cancer when you're still young?

Yes: Some people with inherited defects in dna develop colon cancer while young. They generally have a stong family history of colon cancer. ...Read more

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What causes colorectal cancer, and who is more likely at risk of developing it?

What causes colorectal cancer, and who is more likely at risk of developing it?

Can be genetiic: Can run in the family but there is an increased incidence with age. That is why a colonoscopy is advocated over the age of 50. ...Read more

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Who should get screened for colorectal cancer?

Who should get screened for colorectal cancer?

Everyone, most >50: Most people are considered "average risk" for colorectal cancer, and should begin screening @ 50, typically with a colonoscopy. Some people at increased risk, such as those with inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer. These people may need screening at a younger age-generally 10 yrs earlier than the age when their relative got colon cancer. Talk w/ your doctor. ...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


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