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10 Questions to Ask the Doctor About Colon Cancer

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    Since you’ve recently been diagnosed with colon cancer, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

    1. How far has my cancer spread?
    2. What stage is my cancer? What does that mean?
    3. How soon do I need to start treatment?
    4. Which treatments do I need? What are the side effects?
    5. Which specialists will I see? What are their roles?
    6. What is your experience in treating people with colon cancer?
    7. What are my chances for recovery after treatment?
    8. Will I need a colostomy? Will it be permanent?
    9. How often will I need checkups after treatment?
    10. What can I do to stop my cancer from coming back?

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    Who is at Risk?

    For the great majority of people, the major factor that increases a person's risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) is increasing age. Risk increases dramatically after age 50 years; 90% of all CRCs are diagnosed after this age. The history of CRC in a first-degree relative, especially if before the age of 55 years, roughly doubles the risk. Other risk factors are weaker than age and family history. People with inflammatory bowel disease have a much higher risk of CRC. A small percentage (<5%) of CRCs...

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    Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on April 26, 2015
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