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I have a question. Is it common for a 21 year old to have colon cancer? I have always suffered from stomach pain but about 3 months ago it got really bad and well i went to the health clinic at my school and they told me it could be gastritis and they gave me some medication to take. After taking it for about a month i went back to tell them that I still wasnt feeling well. I got some blood work done and it came back that i was iron deficient anemic. I have always struggled with keeping my iron levels in a good place and well the dr asked if i got very strong periods. But truth is that i dont get my period every month and when i do it only lasts like 3 days max. The dr sent me to a gastroenterologist who seemed very worried about my anemia and now im getting a colonoscopy done and well I was wondering if i should be worried. My bowel movements have changed in the last couple of months and my stomach is always bloated and hurts. I dont see any blood in my stool though. I dont know if i am over reacting but well i am very worried.
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replied March 27th, 2011
In the absence of a family history of early-onset colorectal cancer, these types of cancer are EXTREMELY rare in people your age. However, although the odds are very much against your having colorectal cancer, it is still a good idea to have the colonoscopy performed, just to be on the safe side.


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"

A landmark, evidence-based guide to a healthy cancer-prevention lifestyle, based on cutting-edge cancer research.
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replied August 5th, 2011
Well you should definitely get a colonoscopy done. I am 28 and just had my second one done and had precancerous polyps removed. My first colonoscopy I had when I was 22 and had over 20 precancerous polyps removed as well. Young colon cancer runs in my family though.
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