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How long does colon cancer take to grow?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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