How long does colon cancer take to grow?

Varies. ~10yrs. In general, we think about 10 years. Hence the "standard" colon screening recommendation (by colonoscopy) of every 10 years if the colon is well prepped and without pre-cancerous polyps. Colon cancer can grow faster especially in some familial syndromes. Individuals with polyps may and likely do need more frequent followup. Recs individualized by the GI physician.
Years. Colon cancers generally start as colon polyps and it takes several years for a polyp to become cancer. This is true most of the time, but not always.

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How long does it take a colon cancer to grow?

Roughly one year. The immunogenic tumor protein, a post translational modification of MUC5ac is found in most colon Ca. When polyoma enters bowel to form a field effect, one site will develop a Ca. If resected and premalignant normal appearing cells which express MUC 5ac are left behind, suppression is eliminated and one of the foci, staining + for MUC5ac will grow and replace anastomosis in about 1 yr. Read more...

How long does colon cancer take to move from stage to stage?

It depends. Every tumor is different in it's rate of growth an even it's potential to spread so there is no hard and fast rule to answer this question. Read more...
Varies a lot. How fast tumor grows, where it started, if spread to nodes/other places, treatments (chemo, surgery, radiation), cancer genetics, age at diagnosis, family history, lifestyle (quit smoking), positive attitude, a "treatment team, " good nutrition, strong social support, learning/asking questions, and participating in care & choices all make a big difference. There is no one answer to this question. Read more...

On average how long does colon cancer take to metastasize from when it first started forming? I'm just curious.

Variable. Nobody knows this answer, because some patients have metastasis at diagnosis, and some don't, even with the same tumor size. I would think it would be measured in weeks to months however, maybe even years for some. Hope this helps! Read more...

How long does it take colon cancer to spread?

Variable. . It depends on the level of aggressiveness of the cancer cell which is extremely variable. Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. Read more...

How long could colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?

Years....we think. Every individual tumor is different. The "teaching" is it takes 5 years for a polyp to undergo malignant change (turn into cancer) from there, it depends on location, age and many other factors we don't yet understand. Colon cancer can be indolent (slow growing) or aggressive. It depends on the individual cancer, and everyone is different. Read more...