Colorectal cancer generally affects men and women in the later decades of life. Typically patients present with bowel obstruction and/or chronic anemia. The epidemiology, presentation, and prognosis of cecal carcinoma, the third most common colorectal cancer, is similar to other cancers of the large bowel. Cecal and other colorectal cancers rarely present in adolescence. In this case report, we describe a 19-year-old woman presenting with a pelvic mass and elevated tumor markers with the presumed diagnosis of ovarian cancer, who was found to have cecal carcinoma at laparotomy. This case illustrates that colorectal cancer, although rare, should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a pelvic mass in young women who present with anemia, constitutional symptoms, and elevated tumor markers.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology