• My daughter is 24 and has stage 4 Metastatic Colon Cancer. Is there any information on young people who have it?

    Asked by freegrl on Sunday, September 16, 2012

    My daughter is 24 and has stage 4 Metastatic Colon Cancer. Is there any information on young people who have it?

    I can't find a lot out there about this age or many people who have it at this age? The Dr. keeps saying it is genetic but, has not proven this to me yet.

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    • Vivenia's Avatar

      Hi. I'm not quite as young as your daughter, but I was diagnosed with colon cancer August 7th. My doctors also think that my cancer is genetic. The surgeon said that a lot of the cases of colon cancer in younger patients turn out to be genetic (he used percentages but I was in shock and don't remember exactly what he said).

      Getting the gene test is the only way that the doctor would be able to prove, or disprove that the cancer affecting your daughter is genetic. I personally am going to get myself tested, if I do carry the gene there is a 50% chance for each of my siblings that they also carry the gene... I want them to know so they can get the necessary screenings early enough.

      Here's a link to the NCI talking about some of the different genetics of colorectal cancer. I don't know if reading that would help you or not, if you think not you can just ignore it. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/genetics/colorectal/HealthProfessional/Page4#Section_89

      Good luck. I'll be praying for you and your daughter.

      about 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I have read that family history is a risk factor. Has anyone in your family ever had colon cancer? My heart goes out to you and your family, and I hope you find the answers you're seeking.

      For general cancer questions, the American Cancer Society, and the U.S. National Cancer Institute are good places to start.

      National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov (1-800-4-CANCER)

      American Cancer Society www.cancer.org (1-800-227-2345)

      about 4 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      A great site for young people with cancer is stupidcancer.org. It focuses on people on their 20's and early 30's with all types of cancer.

      about 4 years ago
    • Stella's Avatar

      I suggest genetic testing. Given her young age, it will help her and family members.

      about 4 years ago
    • DanielleisB's Avatar

      I was 17 when diagnosed with colon cancer (stage III) and then had it again at 25 (stage I). I'm involved with The Colon Club - a group of individuals who've all been diagnosed young. You can read more about our stories (we produce a calendar every year) and even chat with others impacted by colon cancer on our message boards. Great community that relate to what you're going through! http://www.ColonClub.com.

      about 4 years ago

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