Two Precancerous polyps at age 28

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bluebaby
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Two Precancerous polyps at age 28

Postby bluebaby » Wed May 09, 2018 9:11 am

I went for my first colonoscopy last week because my father had a villous adenoma at age 31, which he needed surgery to remove. So he told me to go now, as I am in that age range he anticipated. My father's mother died of colon cancer in her 50's with that same villous adenoma, as did my father's aunt, in her 70's, and my father's second cousin, at age 52; all had the same villous adenoma polyp in the same spot.

Last week I went with my two sisters, both of them were clear, I, on the other hand, had two polyps; one in my descending colon that was 10 mm, and another in my ascending colon which was 1.2 cm. The Doc removed both, said they look precancerous, but also said the stems they were on looked healthy, as did the surrounding tissue in my colon. Neither of these polyps were villous adenomas like my dad's side. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, because even though they were more tubulous like, I had two rather than 1; one of them looked more tubulovillous the Doc said. Maybe their similarity in size and structure suggests it was more environmental, and build up at the same time from my bad eating habits...

My father is a cardiologist and though he's never tested for Lynch, he insists that we don't have lynch syndrome, because the only cancer that ran in the family is colon cancer; there were hundreds of women in his family, none of them had ovarian or endometrial cancer (which is associated with Lynch). I should note my father's polyps never returned after the one he removed at 31.

However, I am freaking out, and DEATHLY afraid I have Lynch. I am more overweight than my sisters and have eaten pretty poorly over the last 28 years, but I am not obese or anything like that.

Is it really that uncommon for someone my age to have these polyps? Someone please comfort me...I don't want some crazy cancer in my 30's.

Geoman
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Re: Two Precancerous polyps at age 28

Postby Geoman » Wed May 09, 2018 3:12 pm

At 40 I was told “you are too young for colon cancer”. You have hemorrhoids. I was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer at 44 and don’t have lynch.

Unfortunately, there is a trend of increased diagnosis in younger people. See link to article.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/well ... ancer.html

I would get screened for lynch. It is a simple blood test. Not knowing has nothing to do with not having. Make sure you get screenings as directed by your doctor.
Dx @ 44, rectal cancer-stage 4 with Mets to liver 8/16
CEA 19
Kras g12d; Braf
Ypt3,ypN1a,ypM1
5 rounds 5fu with avastin (4) 9/16-11/16
PVE/Liver Resection 12/16
28 days rad/xeloda 2/17-3/17
APR-4/17
Clear Margins
7 rounds 5Fu with avastin- 5/17-8/17
CEA-1.2
NED-12/17, 1/18,
Multiple spots in lungs-5/18

Lee
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Re: Two Precancerous polyps at age 28

Postby Lee » Wed May 16, 2018 3:22 pm

Being overweight supposely can contribute to this disease. Butt it does seems like colon cancer runs in your family. If you are concerned about Lynch, by all means get tested.

For what it's worth, I was diagnosed at age 46, no family history, and not overweight. My brother has always been clean. His wife started producing polyps in her 40's. She lied to get her first scope at age 44, they found polyps, Was told to come back in 10 yrs. Three yrs later, she lied again, and again they found polyps. Now she gets scoped every 3 yrs. No family history, her mom, dad and sister were clean. None of these people are over weight, we all eat healthy.

good luck,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

rockhound
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Re: Two Precancerous polyps at age 28

Postby rockhound » Wed May 16, 2018 4:30 pm

bluebaby wrote:I went for my first colonoscopy last week because my father had a villous adenoma at age 31, which he needed surgery to remove. So he told me to go now, as I am in that age range he anticipated. My father's mother died of colon cancer in her 50's with that same villous adenoma, as did my father's aunt, in her 70's, and my father's second cousin, at age 52; all had the same villous adenoma polyp in the same spot.

Last week I went with my two sisters, both of them were clear, I, on the other hand, had two polyps; one in my descending colon that was 10 mm, and another in my ascending colon which was 1.2 cm. The Doc removed both, said they look precancerous, but also said the stems they were on looked healthy, as did the surrounding tissue in my colon. Neither of these polyps were villous adenomas like my dad's side. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, because even though they were more tubulous like, I had two rather than 1; one of them looked more tubulovillous the Doc said. Maybe their similarity in size and structure suggests it was more environmental, and build up at the same time from my bad eating habits...

My father is a cardiologist and though he's never tested for Lynch, he insists that we don't have lynch syndrome, because the only cancer that ran in the family is colon cancer; there were hundreds of women in his family, none of them had ovarian or endometrial cancer (which is associated with Lynch). I should note my father's polyps never returned after the one he removed at 31.

However, I am freaking out, and DEATHLY afraid I have Lynch. I am more overweight than my sisters and have eaten pretty poorly over the last 28 years, but I am not obese or anything like that.

Is it really that uncommon for someone my age to have these polyps? Someone please comfort me...I don't want some crazy cancer in my 30's.


Get tested for Lynch- if positive, then you just deal with the screening protocols (e.g., annual colonoscopies, etc.). Way better than not knowing and having to deal with cancer. Also, my father has Lynch and has never had issues with it, so just because someone is Lynch positive, does not automatically = bad things.
42 yr old male
Diagnosed December 2016, age 41
Stage 1/IIA rectal cancer - T2/3N0M0 via MRI (MRI indicates stage 1; onc/surgeon = stage 2a)
Lynch syndrome, MSH6 mutation, MSI
2 to 3/2017 Xeloda + Radiation
5/10/17 - Robotic LAR with temp. loop illeostomy, 0/20 lymph nodes
6 to 7/2017 - Six cycles Folfox @ full strength
9/20/17 - Ileostomy takedown
10/17 - CT, NED
1/18 - 5mm polyp removed during colonoscopy
5/18 - CT, NED


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