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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
Screening test: If * then further studies are indicated
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not accurate: First of all you have to use the most sensitive reagen- guaiac based. If you just do it once- the sensitivity to find blood in the stool is only 10-25 ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Colon cancer: Good wikipedia question. Look for blood when you poo. Test poo for blood and can test for cancer cells in stool with DNA testing.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Not gold standard: It's a pretty good screen but if you're having symptoms, you need to get 'scoped.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Yes if they bleed: Most of the time polyps will not bleed so stool test will be negative , screening colonoscopy will show
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Albert Melaragno
44 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If you are concerned or have symptoms such as blood in your bowl movements of rectal pain consult your doctor
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Van Wey
44 years experience Radiation Oncology
No: Gi bleeding can come from many causes, but the most serious is cancer. That is why it needs to be evaluated with endoscopy including biopsy of anythi ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Test for blood in BM: The fobt tests for blood in the stool. Test is performed on spontaneously voided stool on three separate occasions. Presence of blood in any of the ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Pap smears are specific to detecting disease of the cervix and rarely the inside of the uterus. To detect anal cancers, a regular checkup with rectal ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Warman
25 years experience Internal Medicine
No: A fecal occult test tests for blood in the stool. Colon cancer can be a cause but so can colon polyps, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcer and many other caus ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Likely yes: As before the colonoscopy is done, a digital rectal examination is performed to visualize & palpate the area. Sometimes a biopsy of a concerning area ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes/No: Blood tests may show a problem; however blood tests cannot diagnose bowel (eg colon) cancer. Low hemoglobin (anemia) may indicate bowel blood loss, bu ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Carefully: The physician will insert a gloved finger into the rectum, feeling for abnormal masses and or blood, stool should be tested immunologically for blood. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No good test: There is no good blood test for either constipation or colon cancer. In late colon cancer CEA levels are usually elevated, but there are other causes ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Maybe: Larger growths can contain cancer, but other polyps can be large and still be fully benign. Pathology would review the polyp after it is removed.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Anoscopy: A better method would be anoscopy. See this site for information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003890.htm
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience General Practice
Infection: The h pylori stool antigen shows the presence of the antigen to the h pylori infection. The infection is usually in the stomach. You can detect the a ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Culture of the stool will not usually reveal H Pylori - the culture test can be done on biopsy samples from the stomach, especially the part called th ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Usually not: Infections can co-exist with, but not cause, colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis, which is not an infection but an inflammatory disease, is tied to inc ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes,test is for Colo: Yes, this is a test for Screening for colon Cancer. Besides this test, Colonoscopy is a very good screening test, recommended to be done at the age of ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Blood in stool: Blood in stool test only tests for blood, not for cancer. One cause of bloody stools can be cancer. Antibiotics do not cause blood in stools.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: however usually advanced colon cancers are the ones that can be picked up. Virtual CT colonography is an improved image, however the best way to defin ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Laxatives: Yes you can. But it is important to find out what causing constipation.

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