Colon cancer probability

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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody,
I can't seem to find much research on the probability of developing colon cancer for uc patients.  I know that individuals that have been diagnosed with uc for a longer period of time are at a greater risk, but does anyone actually have any numbers for me to back this up?  FYI, I am 26 and was diagnosed in March of 2008.
Thanks a bunch,

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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Is colon cancer a concern?

about 5 percent of people with ulcerative colitis develop colon cancer. The risk of cancer increases with the duration of the disease and how much the colon has been damaged. For example, if only the lower colon and rectum are involved, the risk of cancer is no higher than normal. However, if the entire colon is involved, the risk of cancer may be as much as 32 times the normal rate.

Sometimes precancerous changes occur in the cells lining the colon. These changes are called "dysplasia." People who have dysplasia are more likely to develop cancer than those who do not. Doctors look for signs of dysplasia when doing a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy and when examining tissue removed during these tests.

According to the 2002 updated guidelines for colon cancer screening, people who have had IBD throughout their colon for at least 8 years and those who have had IBD in only the left colon for 12 to 15 years should have a colonoscopy with biopsies every 1 to 2 years to check for dysplasia. Such screening has not been proven to reduce the risk of colon cancer, but it may help identify cancer early. These guidelines were produced by an independent expert panel and endorsed by numerous organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
January 9 - doctor changed me from Protofoam to hydrocortisone enemas for two weeks - wish me luck.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks a lot for the info

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
     I was told by my GI doctor that people who have had IBD for ten years or longer have a greater risk of developing colon cancer than the general public, however, they also have a greater rate of survival because they are informed to have yearly colonoscopies and therefore catch the disease early.  So get those yearly colonoscopies!

62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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