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22 year old male terrified of colon cancer my appetite hasnt really been there lately how likely is it due to colon cancer what are my realistic odds?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine
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In brief: Odds are small....

Colon cancer would be quite rare at your age.
Are you having symptoms such as bleeding from the rectum (not usually cancer - more likely to be a tear or hemorrhoid) or black bowel movements? Do you have a family history with many folks who have colon cancer at young ages? Have you been advised by a doctor to start having colonoscopies early? If not, you may want to talk to your doctor re: anxiety.

In brief: Odds are small....

Colon cancer would be quite rare at your age.
Are you having symptoms such as bleeding from the rectum (not usually cancer - more likely to be a tear or hemorrhoid) or black bowel movements? Do you have a family history with many folks who have colon cancer at young ages? Have you been advised by a doctor to start having colonoscopies early? If not, you may want to talk to your doctor re: anxiety.
Dr. Linda Gromko
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Very unlikely

Great majority of cases after age 50.
Earlier cases usually have a strong family history of colon cancer, or familial polyp syndrome_ fairly rare. Bad appetite can be due to lots of causes in a 22 year old. Colon cancer is a very unlikely cause.

In brief: Very unlikely

Great majority of cases after age 50.
Earlier cases usually have a strong family history of colon cancer, or familial polyp syndrome_ fairly rare. Bad appetite can be due to lots of causes in a 22 year old. Colon cancer is a very unlikely cause.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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