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Colon Cancer

Adenoma Ascending Colon

05/08/2009

Question:

I am a 52 yo female who has had 2 polyps removed 5 yrs apart. This time I have the pathology report and the sections (3mm) show colonic mucosa with tubular glands lined by columnar cells with elongated and hyperchromatic nuclei. My doctor has recommended a repeat colonoscopy in 5 yrs. My mother died from pancreatic cancer. She also had kidney cancer. Should I be checked sooner? Am I at risk for cancer of the colon?

Answer:

While polyps may not necessarily indicate an increased risk of colon cancer, you need to follow up closely with your doctor.

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Response by:

Tanios   Bekaii-Saab, MD Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD
Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University