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Can IBS, diverticulosis and ulcerated colitis result in cancer?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: Can IBS, diverticulosis & ulcerated colitis result in cancer? I have fought these for several years.

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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Ulcerative colitis may lead to cancer

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

the answer is simple... IBS and diverticulosis have nothing to do with cancer.
Ulcerative colitis may lead to cancer in 3-5% 10-15 years after disease onset.

Kind Regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (22 hours later)
Would this mean that I should have follow-up colonoscopies to keep an eye on the colitis? It has been several years since I was told I have the condition. I do contend with constant diarrhea.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Repeat colonoscopies are required

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

you do have to do a conolonoscopy from time to time. Colonoscopy is advised in any individual over 50 years of age, every 5 years as a preventive measure against colon cancer. You've got an increased risk (albeit small) for colon cancer, so there's one more reason for you to do it.

Kind regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Ulcerative colitis may lead to cancer Detailed Answer: Hello, the answer is simple... IBS and diverticulosis have nothing to do with cancer. Ulcerative colitis may lead to cancer in 3-5% 10-15 years after disease onset. Kind Regards!