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How do fast acting cancers work?
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:08:17 PM »
Ever since my grandma asked me to look this thing up I've been mildly worried. Not about now, but about 10 to 20 years in the future.. I looked up some celebrities she liked in the 70s and I noticed two of them died from colon cancer. One of them died a little over a month after diagnosis.. How? Does it really work so fast? Wouldn't you be disgustingly sick by then? You don't just have some aches one day then die a few months later, right? But you always hear people "suddenly dying" from cancer.
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Re: How do fast acting cancers work?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 05:44:53 PM »
A lot of people don't go to the doctor until they're very sick - you'd be surprised at life when you're not a hypochondriac!  I'm always amazed by my friends who have symptoms that would scare me, but they're like oh, I'm fine.  And they usually are.
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Re: How do fast acting cancers work?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2014, 06:08:19 PM »
I will save you a large, physiological and anatomical explanation and just say that sometimes cancer just moves faster than other times depending on the person, the location, etc. Also, there is the question of exactly what the person dies from. Complications due to disease? Due to treatment? Other health problems?

What Molly mentioned is a huge additional factor as well. 
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Re: How do fast acting cancers work?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2014, 07:20:06 PM »
The good news about colon cancer is it's VERY treatable...even curable in early stages.  It starts as a polyp, the polyp may give a warning sign like blood in the stool...or maybe not.  It usually takes years to progress from polyp to full blown colon ca.  So, that is why screening is so important.  While the suggestion is age 50...anyone with a family history or blood in the stool can get a colonoscopy earlier.
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Re: How do fast acting cancers work?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2014, 09:31:34 PM »
I've read the blood is often times not seen by the naked eye.
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Re: How do fast acting cancers work?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014, 09:56:31 PM »
Sometimes it isn't. Sometimes it is. Generally, it gets noticed by the patient. Whether it be wiping, in the toilet water, directly on the stool - the blood gets seen. Your physician can run a test to see if there is blood present in your stool even if you can't see it, though, but that's not often done "just to see."
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Re: How do fast acting cancers work?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2014, 03:38:59 AM »
If you have serious bleeding, the kind cancer would cause, you more than likely WILL be able to see it.  Cancer is generally not subtle. 
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