• I am 25 and diagnosed with colon cancer. Is that young? I want to connect with other young patients.

    Asked by StegalMan on Friday, February 22, 2013

    I am 25 and diagnosed with colon cancer. Is that young? I want to connect with other young patients.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Yes, it is young, however, as we all know now, cancer doesn't discriminate :-(
      If no young survivors contact you here, try www.stupidcancer.org
      It is a community dedicated to young adults with cancer in all stages of treatment. I have been going to their support meetings and will be attending the summit in April. It is very helpful.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      StegalMan, there was a time when it was detected at an older age, but I have seen it in much younger patients in the last 6 years. A lot has to do with the scans and procedures that catch it so much earlier than it was detected 40 years ago or more. It quite possibly could have been affecting people your age back then but there was no way of detecting it as accurately as there is now, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Yes 25 is considered young for colon cancer. They say that the probablility of getting colon cancer is about equal to your age for the general population that is why colonoscopies are routinely recommended at age 50; however, with a family history of colon cancer (like I have) colonoscopies should begin 5 to 10 years of age earlier than the youngest age in your family. Colon cancer usually begins as polyps in the colon that can be removed easily during a colonoscopy before they become cancerous, thus making a colooscopy much better than the alternative of colon cnacer. You should let your blood relatives know about your cancer and tell them all to get colonoscopies as soon as possible.

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I had cancer very young, not colon but stage 4 thyroid (not expected to live past 18). It left me with a much different view on life than my peers. I wish I had a group like the Stupid Cancer site to find others like me to talk with. I wish you all the best. I made all the mistakes so if you want to talk I listen well. Tracy

      over 4 years ago
    • Nightengale's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer a year ago at age 36. I have another good friend who i met in the chemo suite with the same exact diagnosis who was about 34. We were considered VERY young to have that diagnosis, so i would think that you would be considered exceptional in that case. My doc said that it was nothing i did, since any poor lifestyle choices can't really catch up to you and cause colon cancer that young. he said it was just one of those things that occurs rarely. Good news is that my friend and i really tolerated treatment well and had a good response to chemo. Both of us are feeling good right now.

      over 4 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I was just diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last month at the age of 21, so I know how you feel regarding the age gap. I seem to be the only young patient at my oncologist's office. The majority are grandparent-aged and there are a few middle-aged patients but no one my age. Dealing with something like this during college (what I'm going through) vs. as an adult out there in the real world are very different.

      over 4 years ago

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