Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome lead to Colon Cancer?

Dr. Timothy Hoops
Ultima Vez Modificado:: 1 de noviembre de 2001

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
I am 33-year-old female diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome about 10 years ago. Can my condition lead to colon cancer?

Answer:

Dr. Timothy Hoops, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Gastroenterology Division at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine at Radnor, responds:

While some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may also be symptoms suggesting the presence of a cancer (e.g a change in bowel habits, constipation, etc.), there is no known relationship between this condition and colon cancer. However, should a cancer develop in a patient with IBS it would very likely be caught early since colonoscopies are often performed to make sure that other problems aren't the cause of the symptoms.


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