Does socioeconomic status affect colon cancer risk?

Possibly. Poor diet and not seeking medical attention early, not getting appropriate screening, all of which may be related to ones economic situation can lead to development of colon cancer along with many other diseases.

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What is recurrent colon cancer risk if inadequate margins were taken?

Depends. This depends on the original stage of the cancer, and where is was located. Rectal cancers can sometimes spread outside the areas that can be safely removed. It depends on if the cancer was growing into another structure, or into lymph nodes. The surgeon usually works very hard to remove all cancer, unless it is not safe or cannot be done. Chemotherapy may be indicated, and sometimes radiation rx. Read more...
High. Inadequate margins can be associated with a high risk of recurrence and consideration should be given to a re resection. Close followup with colonoscopies and scans are essential if no further surgery is desired. Read more...
High. Recurrence risk is based on multiple pathological factors. Inadequate surgery is a significant predictor for recurrence and the patient should be reevaluated soon. Pathologic review and further surgery should be considered. Read more...

Is my colon cancer risk increased if the only family members who've had it were 3rd Degree and only 1 died & was 45 & also was 4th OR 3rd degree?

Unlikely. It is unlikely that a 3rd or 4th degree relative having the disease increases your risk above the base line or background risk. When you turn 40 discuss with your doctor if you should have an early colonoscopy. Read more...

Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Yes. If you have a strong family history of colon cancer in several 1st degree relatives, you may be a candidate for genetic testing, however if the test is negative it just means you do not have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. 80% of colon cancers occur in individuals with no family history and hence would have a negative genetic test. Read more...
Yes. A common test is the colaris test for lynch syndrome available through myriad. Another panel called colonext offers an even broader spectrum of tests for high risk genes and is available through ambry genetics. Talk to a knowledgable physician or genetic counselor to know the implications and possible interpretations of the testing and to determine if you are a good candidate, . Read more...
Colon cancer risk. While there is available genetic test to check for hereditary colon cancer, the best person to have this test is one with colon cancer or + strong family history -who is suspected to carry certain mutation i.e. Diagnosed at young age, family history of colon cancer or other multiple cancers history in the family. This test would not be suggested to everybody as a screening test for colon cancer. Read more...

Fiber is supposed to decrease colon cancer risk, but does chronic constipation increase the cancer risk even if a person eats tons of fiber?

Colon cancer. The relationship between high fiber intake and colon cancer is still somewhat controversial with studies going both ways. But a high fiber diet is beneficial in many other ways as well. There are no quality clinical data to suggest constipation is a risk factor for colon cancer. Read more...
Unlikely. A diet low in fiber is associated with colon cancer risk. Constipation has not been associated with increased cancer risk in huge population studies in japan and netherlands recently- in fact in the latter study colon cancer risk was less in patients with constipation! Read more...

I am not constipated but at the end of my bm I feel that there`s a part that won`t come out. Can a 23 year old have colon cancer?

YES. Colon cancer can occur in any age group. However, it is most likely something much less ominous. Often times, having an internal hemorrhoid or small anal fissure can cause similar sensations. It is best to get it looked at, as ruling out the worst case scenario is the best approach to avoiding bad outcomes. Read more...
Yes. It would be inordinately uncommon, but a 23 year old can have colon cancer. To be sure you are not missing anything, see a doctor and be examined. Read more...