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Topic: Breast Cancer and Colon Cancer Risks

Forum: "Middle Age" 40-60(ish) Years Old With Breast Cancer —

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Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 07:53PM

paradiju wrote:

Does anyone know if ones risk of getting colon cancer are higher once you have had breast cancer?

I had a lumpectomy in July, then chemo and radiation. I am 61 in good shape -- run and work out everyday -- eat mostly vegetarian and do not smoke. Yet my doc wants me to have a colonoscopy even though i have no risk factors for Colon Cancer. I am not adverse to this particular procedure but basically try to avoid any unecessary invasive procedures and drugs.

I could not find anything in the research i did on this subject. 

paradiju Dx 6/9/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 8, 2018 02:00PM Cathy1975 wrote:

I had a colonoscopy 5 years ago and 1 polyp was removed. Dr. Said not cancer but could become cancer so colonoscopies every 5 years. I do have a family history of CC. I'm due for my colonoscopy this year. Last month I found a lump in my right breast. Had mammogram and ultrasound. Abnormalities found. Biopsies we're done last week. Results for BC due at my appointment on Tuesday this week. Family history of BC also. I'm a nervous wreck right now but trying to stay busy and positive.

Cathy Dx Right
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Jul 8, 2018 02:27PM SimoneRC wrote:

ATM Gene Mutation also puts you at increased risk for both breast and colon cancer. I have just been promoted to annual colonoscopies as my recent one had 15 small polyps, 4 of which were pre cancerous. Previous 3 colonoscopies has none or few polyps. I am 51. Hopefully can stay ahead of them

ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. Exons 62 & 63. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features , Pre Pectoral Reconstruction Dx 2/20/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/6/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 8, 2018 02:40PM Cathy1975 wrote:

Simone,

Ive had ibs with constipation since I was 30. Been reading a lot about the connection between CC and BC I'm convinced something is wrong with me. I had pneumonia a year ago and I have felt different since.. no energy at all. I get B12 injections and they don't help any more

Cathy Dx Right
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Jul 10, 2018 01:49AM french14 wrote:

Oh wow, that's awful. I too, have the ATM gene mutation. I had my first colonoscopy in 2015, for now I only have to have them every 5 years.

Dx 8/26/2014, DCIS/ILC/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 10/3/2014 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/5/2014 AC Chemotherapy 1/28/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jul 11, 2018 10:01AM Cathy1975 wrote:

Update on me... Polyps in 2013 colonoscopy. Had pancreatitis in 2017 they did a colonoscopy and in was clean. The lump in my breast is a fibroadenoma and I'm having surgery to remove it July 23rd. At my next appointment I'm asking for the gene mutation tests, thanks for the info.

Cathy Dx Right
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Jul 11, 2018 10:30AM SimoneRC wrote:

Hi Cathy,

So glad to hear the breast lump is benign and you are getting rid of it! Hopefully you do not have mutation, but if you do, knowledge is power. You will be more closely screened and vigilant which will hopefully lead to a long life!

Good luck

ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. Exons 62 & 63. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features , Pre Pectoral Reconstruction Dx 2/20/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/6/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 11, 2018 01:35PM Cathy1975 wrote:

Thanks Simone

Cathy Dx Right

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