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    Can crohns disease put me at risk of developing bowel cancer?

    I have a history of bowel cancer in my family and I have recently been diagnosed with crohns. Because of my diagnosis and family history am I at a greater risk of getting bowel cancer?
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    For more than 25 years, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia™ (formerly the Australian Crohn’s and Colitis Association) has been making life more liveable for more than … View Profile

    There is a risk, but it’s more associated with Crohn’s affecting the colon (Crohn’s colitis), with age of when disease first began, the extent and duration of the disease all possible risk factors.  The risk of cancer in small bowel Crohn’s is quite low.

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    Dr Tom Xinyi Zhou

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    Dr Tom Zhou is a specialist Gastroenterologtist. His specialist interests include Endoscopy, Colonosocopy, Liver diseases and Colon cancer screening. Dr Tom Zhou completed his Medical … View Profile

    Bowel cancer risk is associated with Crohn's disease affecting the colon. Other than extent and duration of the disease, the most critical factor in reducing cancer risk is disease control.

    Effective treatment by your gastroenterologist that results in complete mucosal healing and minimal mucosal inflammation will effectively reduce your risk of colon cancer and other complications of crohns disease.

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