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patriciasquest posted:
Hi,

My sister was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer approx. 4 years ago. At the time they said she probably had it for the past 10 years. She has been a nurse with the VA for the last 30 years , so I have a hard time understanding why she waited so long to get checked out. She currently has a colostomy bag, although she has never said anything about it spreading to other areas. If it is stage 4, would it have to have spread?

My mother's family is filled with various cancer death's; however, that is not what she died from.

I had a colonoscopy done about a year and a half ago, and was told it was okay. (I am 52). Would I have a higher chance of any cancer, or is colon cancer the one I watch for?

I am also supposed to have my gallbladder out soon, and read that that raises the risk for colon cancer. Is there any truth to that?

Thanks for any response.

Patricia
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