I've had IBS symptoms for 4 years now? I just recently found out that colon cancer has the same symptoms. Could I possibly have colon cancer?

Unlikely. Colon cancer will be unlikely in a 19 year old. Symptomatic colon cancer for 4 years will manifest other symptoms like weight loss and hematochexia.
Very unlikely. Unless there is family history of early age onset of colon cancer, you are very unlikely to colon cancer at your age.
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, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine.
No. Unless it runs in the family, it's very rare to see colon cancer in your age group. Colorectal cancers are a group of cancers that don't increase in incidence until after the age of 50, which is when we recommend routine screening to begin. In hereditary types of colon cancer, we do see colon cancer occur before the age of 50 and screening begins earlier: http://bit.ly/2nexSdl Hope this helps.

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How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

Colon cancer. Colon cancer is rare is young people but can be see in association with diseases such as familial polyposis. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease involving the colon with longstanding colitis are at greater risk of developing colon or rectal cancer than the general population. Patients who develop IBD at a younger age may be at an increased risk when they are older. Read more...

I've been diagnosed of IBS 8 months ago. My question is if this was colon cancer things would be much worse by now right? "

Not necessarily. Some colon cancers are very slow growing and may not have significant worsening of symptoms over 8 months. However, the symptoms of colon cancer are usually quite different than ibs symptoms. But having ibs does not mean you might not also have colon cancer. The best way to be sure you don't have that is to get a colonoscopy. In the us screening colonoscopies are advised for all people at age 50. Read more...

I've had two colonoscopies in the last 10 yrs, w/ the last 3 yrs ago? Dr thinks I have IBS. What are the odds of having colon cancer now?

Remote. A clean colonoscopy result three years ago and your age essentially rule out colon cancer. 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, if you have sex. Read more...

Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Yes. Early colon cancer symptoms can mimici ibs. However unlike ibs, colon cancer can progress to more bleeding, and more localized pain, and can obstruction if continue unchecked. Read more...

I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

See answer. FIRST OFF, IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20'S OR 30'S COLON CA IS UNCOMMON. The incidence increases with age. Colon cancer has NO symptoms in it's early phase. Cancer of the right colon presents with anemia, changes in BM or pain are a very late sign. Cancer of left colon may cause rectal bleeding and/or anemia and eventually a change in BM. see> http://bit.ly/1JhGenE and http://bit.ly/1VlC078. Read more...

Is constant diarrhea or constipation a symptom of colon cancer or IBS. What is one alarming sign of colon cancer. Thanks?

Cancer is rare... These are not typical presenting symptoms of colorectal cancer but could be seen in cancer patients in some cases. On the other hand these ARE common IBS symptoms. An easy way to reassure yourself is see a surgeon or GI doc who will be able to examen you and do some tests including a colonoscopy which. They can set your mind to rest. Feel better soon. Read more...