"I spent the next few months going to the doctor trying to diagnose." In the first four months, I probably saw six different doctors, said a girl. "They could not find anything wrong with me, though I stressed that I had a family history of colon cancer and they thought I was too young for him."
In the coming months, Newcomer said she had developed stubbornly. cough and x-ray of the chest. X-rays detect lesions in the lungs and one breast.
Once breast and lung tumors were biopsied and analyzed, doctors confirmed what Newer suspected all along. "Eleven months after my first complaint about symptoms, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Stage 4," said a newcomer. The initial misdiagnosis of the newcomer shows a growing problem among younger colon cancer patients, according to a study to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Cancer Research Association in Atlanta on Tuesday. The study covered 1
The study found that the majority of respondents, 57%, were diagnosed at the age of 40-49; one third are diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 39; about 10% were diagnosed before the age of 30.
Although most colorectal cancer patients over 50 years of age have been diagnosed in the early stages of the disease, the new study showed that most of the younger patients and survivors in the study, 71%, stated that
a finding suggests that without screening and awareness of the possibility of colorectal cancer at these ages, the signs of their cancer may have been missed in its early stages.
The study's responses also show that most of the patients and survivors, 63%, waited three to twelve months before visiting their physicians for symptoms because they did not recognize their symptoms as cancer-related.
Also, 67% of respondents say they have seen at least two doctors before being properly diagnosed with colon cancer and colon cancer.
"Most important is people to know the symptoms," she said,