What is fourth stage colon cancer palliative care?

Medication. Usually this indicates that the colon cancer cells have traveled to the liver and surgical treatment is not possible. Chemotherapy is used to try and kill the cells.
Longer survival. Surgically removing or ablating liver metastasis can and usually results in a longer and better survival. It is not a cure.

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Does colon cancer ever occur in young people?

Yes. In certain hereditary disorders such as familial polyposis, colon cancer can occur at a relatively young age. Read more...
Yes. Even sporadic, non familial cases have been reported in young people in their 20's, 30's and 40's. If in doubt about a symptom get an expert evaluation and recommendation. Read more...
Yes. The youngest patient I treated was 17 at diagnosis. Very, very uncommon. Because of the rarity, before I treated him, I had him see a colleague of mine at Mayo clinic. Unfortunately, he did not survive. You have to realize that this is very uncommon. Hope this helps. Read more...

How can I reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?

Diet and reduction o. Hi fiber diets, low red meat intake, reduced alcohol consumption, quit smoking, excercise and get appropriate screening at recommended times may help to reduce the inciddence. Also being aware of family medical histories especially immediate family members. Taking low dose nsaids may reduce the incidence of polyps and thus colon cancer. Read more...
Lifestyle changes. Lots of dietary factors help reduce the risk- high fiber through fruits & veggies; low fat and red meat; low alcohol use. Aspirin can reduce polyp formation and regular exercise is of benefit too. Read more...

How do I know if colon cancer has spread in my body?

See a doctor. Numerous test including ct scans and pet scans can determine if there is any evidence for metastatic disease. See your oncologist for the best advice. Read more...
Difficult to know. You may have pain in the belly or weight loss. Usually we know about cancer spread by looking at the lymph nodes removed with surgery. We also look at ct scans before surgery to examine the liver and the lungs. Ct scans and sometimes a blood test for cea can help look for spread after surgery for colon cancer. Read more...