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How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?

Ask. Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what. You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this. Read more...
Great question. If your family won't tell you their history, then there is no way to know your family history. Keep asking and explain the importance. Read more...
Not all family equal. The family history one is most concerned about is first degree relatives less than 60 with an advanced adenoma (large polyp) or cancer. They same applies for 2 second degree relatives. Even if you grandfather had cancer at age 70 it doesn't change the screening recommendations for yourself. Read more...

2 yrs. After a colonoscopy I had another and they found a large polyp in the colon is that unusual? I have colon cancer in my family is that a concern

Yes. Developing a new polyp may not be unusual , if you have a family history ( blood relatives ) of several members has colon cancer , is a concern , need genetic counseling and genetic study .Discuss with your doctor , will get best advice. Read more...
Not unusual. . Colon polyps recur or you grow new ones. This is why it is important to have regular colonoscopies, especially with your personal and family history. Read more...

Had colonoscopy found one polyp removed and biopsied was a tubular adenoma. Said next coloscpy in 5 yrs. No fam history colon cancer. Too long?

Correct time frame. This is correct according to the current recommendations. Read more...
Reccomended time. I know it feels uncomfortable to wait so long, but these time frames are based on multiple large studies with risk and time calculated closely to see when the safe time frame to go without a colonoscopy is. This falls in that time frame, especially with no fam history. Any symptoms though, contact the GI doc as soon as you see any. Hope that helps! Read more...

What are chances of colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy? Had 5mm polyp removed. Been having left lower quad and flank pain. Negative for infect

Very low. If the colonoscopy was done correctly, there is negligible risk of your developing colon cancer in 20 months. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Read more...

Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain?

See below. If the colonoscopy was done properly, you are very unlikely to have colon cancer 20 months after the procedure. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...

Colon cancer I had a colonoscopy 31/2 yrs. Ago but am having trouble lately could polyps grow that quickly I won't have another colonoscopy for 6 mo?

Very unlikely. Adenomatous polyps (the ones that can turn into cancer) become more common the older you are. The more the number of polyps seen and removed, the higher the growth rate and likely the chance of finding new ones. Having polyps or cancer at a young age though should trigger shorter intervals to surveillance colonoscopies. Read more...
May not be polyps. If you had colon cancer 3 1/2 years ago and having problems, get re evaluated- both for recurrent polyps or tumors. Read more...

Possibility of having colon cancer two years after having colonoscopy that revealed two polyps 1 hyper, 1 tubular and diverticulosis.

Exceptions are there. Cancer usually takes 5 years to start and get detected but there are exceptions. Also, sometime, due to to poor preparation, everything will not be seen in colonoscopy. Please discuss with your GI doctor. Read more...

If someone had colon cancer a year ago how often should he get a colonoscopy and do all colon and rectal cancers starts from a polyp?

Monitoring. Monitoring 4 cancer recurrence is an important part of health maintenance. Monitoring can also early detect many other health issues. Typically your regular doc as a team member with your oncology team discuss the best monitoring for you. Typically at the one year anniversary the date for the first colonoscopy is determined. Take family with you to this important visit, ask questions, be well. Read more...
It depends, and yes. If the colon cancer was small, repeat colonoscopy should be done every year. If it was big or obstructed the colon, repeat colonoscopy might be necessary in 3 or 6 months. Ask your oncologist. And yes, all colon carcinomas are believed to start as polyps. Read more...