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Chances of having colon cancer - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi id like to know how long ot takes a palup on the colon to become cancerous

Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   The malignant transformation of a colonic pulp depends on the type of pulp and its histological findings.
Doctor :   Few form of pulps have high chances of malignant transformation while few have almost never change to malignant varieties.
Doctor :   However, its difficult to predict which one will transform and the time it may take for the transformation to occur.
User :   pk well i mean if it does become cancerous will it take 1 year or 5 years 10 years to become cancerous
User :   can you tell me on aversge
User :   a ballpark guess from what you have seen
Doctor :   Since factors such as type of the polyp and histological findings have a major role in predicting the chances of transformation,
Doctor :   my answer to this question will not be appropriate.
Doctor :   However, I shall give you this information.
Doctor :   The chances of malignant transformation is high in non pedunculated, villous form of polyp.
User :   ok let me ask you this doctor i had a colonoscopy in 2007 and was ok can cancer develop in this amount o time
User :   of time
Doctor :   May I know the reason why the colonscopy was done during that time.
Doctor :   And have you got one recently?
User :   regular secreening
User :   every 5 years
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   60
Doctor :   Do you have family history of colonic polyps/colonic cancers?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   no
User :   never did
Doctor :   Do you have any symptom such as pain while passing stool, presence of blood in the stools?
Doctor :   Have you lost weight?
User :   yes blood in stool no pain just when i push there is blood
User :   no lose of weight
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   i do have hemoroids
Doctor :   According to description of your symptoms, I do not feel that you may be having colonic cancer.
User :   and diverticulosis disease
Doctor :   However, I would suggest you to continue with regular colonoscopy.
User :   sometimes my hemoriods bleed when i push can that cause it
Doctor :   and use plenty of fibre in your diet.
User :   yes i am planing one in 2012
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