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Mother has colon cancer (aged 57 at the time, irreversible colostomy) and I have Crohn's (aged 25, diagnosis 2010). How often should I get colonoscopy?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Probably q 3yrs

Colon cancer arises in bowel under several circumstances.
Polyps found on colonoscopy contribute to 10-20% of malignancies. The others arise denovo in a field effect secondary to a virus or carcinogen. Another factor is inflammatory changes initiating malignant transformation. As such patients with Crohn's are at risk for developing colon cancer, which at present is best found by colonoscopy.

In brief: Probably q 3yrs

Colon cancer arises in bowel under several circumstances.
Polyps found on colonoscopy contribute to 10-20% of malignancies. The others arise denovo in a field effect secondary to a virus or carcinogen. Another factor is inflammatory changes initiating malignant transformation. As such patients with Crohn's are at risk for developing colon cancer, which at present is best found by colonoscopy.
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