Should women be more concerned about colon cancer?

Maybe. Overall, colon cancer is more common in men than women in the United States. However, genetics, age, and lifestyle factors can alter an individual's risk.
Yes. The recommendations for colon cancer screening in women is exactly the same as it is for men. Many women think of colon cancer as a man's disease but this is inaccurate. Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in women behind lung cancer and breast cancer.

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I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

See answer. FIRST OFF, IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20'S OR 30'S COLON CA IS UNCOMMON. The incidence increases with age. Colon cancer has NO symptoms in it's early phase. Cancer of the right colon presents with anemia, changes in BM or pain are a very late sign. Cancer of left colon may cause rectal bleeding and/or anemia and eventually a change in BM. see> http://bit.ly/1JhGenE and http://bit.ly/1VlC078. Read more...

I work with a woman who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, how to help?

Ask her. This is not a medical answer but in my experience, everyone deals with cancer differently and will accept or appreciate different levels of help. Be ready to stand by what you offer, though. Best to both. Read more...

Why don't women get colonoscopies considering they can get colon cancer too?

They should . It is recommended that both men and women undergo screening colonoscopy at age 50.Women get colon cancer also. Read more...
They do! Colon cancer doesn't differentiate between sexes and the male: female ratio is 50:50. That's why every one age 50 should get a colonoscopy or other screening test for colon cancer, and even younger if there is a family history. Interestingly, women get more right side colon cancers, and men more left, and we don't really know why! Read more...

I simply want to know what are the chances of colon cancer occurring at 18 years old? I'm an 18 year old female. What are the chances of colon cancer?

Extremely rare. In certain cases of congenital polyposis, colon cancer may occur early. The acquired form takes 3 hits to eventually produce a field effect in specific areas of the colon. Here, polyps or cancer may arise. It is felt that this is due to secondary infection from the polyoma virus that induces the original change but then a secondary infection with EBV is needed to induce needed telomerase activit. Read more...

Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby? Thank you

Unlikely. Chemotherapy will make ovaries sterile most of the time , before initiation of treatment , must speak to oncologist for alternative plans. Read more...
Yes. Chemotherapy may supress the ovarian function and may affect one's fertility. However, i think she will actually gradually gain the ovarian function back again- post chemo. Thus theoritically if she wishes to be pregnant -she could have a baby. Read more...

I have a family history of colon cancer, grandpa died of it at 42. Should I be concerned?

Perhaps. Colon cancer at a young age may be associated with a familial predisposition. What is the history of other related family members?Typically we would recommend starting colorectal cancer screening earlier in a patient with a family history. Usually 10 years earlier, i.e. 32 in this case. This would certainly be true for your father or mother. Other assoc cancers, include uterine, ovarian, pancreas. Read more...
Yes concerned. Yes you have to be concerned , compel you go for early detection and cure.. You should have a colonoscopy now follow up as indicated by your doctor and a sure way for cure. Read more...

I have been having lose bows is it something to be concerned with especially because my mom had colon cancer?

Loose Bowels. Most common causes for new diarrhea are dietary changes, emotional distress, medication side effects and infection. If you cannot rehydrate adequately, have blood, losing weight, or are over 50years old then seek urgent care. If diarrhea persists for over 5 days, or if it occurs many days for a month or longer, then a physician will need to begin a work up to determine cause. Cancer risk is low. Read more...

45yr old female had 3b colon cancer. Now clear for 1 yr. She refuses to diet/exercise. Obese. Odds this will make cancer return?

Very low. Diet, EXERCIZE and general good health is a benefit! Not a hazard. Read more...
Not clear. There is data in breast cancer patients that post treatment exercise leads to less recurrences, but a bit less clear in colon cancer. There is data to suggest that post treatment exercise colon cancer patients liver longer though. And exercise is wise, in general, for overall health. Best of luck. Read more...

Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Not first choice . Colonoscopy is the first choice , as it is true visualization of colon, if any polyp present, biopsy could be done , even a very small lesions , other mucosal pathology could be seen. Relatively safe . V c is non invasive screening procedure, if abnormal still need colonoscopy. Read more...
Perhaps. Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. Read more...