Is there any link between IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and colon cancer?

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IndranKrishnanMD (Physician - Gastroenterology (Verified) ) - 04 / 23 / 2012

There is no link whatsoever between colon cancer & IBS. However, the problem is that some of symptoms of colon cancer are similar to that of IBS. As such, it is important to evaluate the digestive symptoms by appropriate investigations by physicians if indicated. I have seen colon cancer patients being "labelled" as IBS patients for several months until the late stages of the cancer & finally diagnosed by colonoscopy. Again, please be assured that IBS never leads to colon cancer.
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