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what do colon cancer stools look like

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Grossly normal: Most patients with colon cancer have normal appearing stools. There may be some blood occasionally mixed or covering the stool, but usually this is m ... Read More

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
May be normal: The reservoir of the large bowel is transverse colon and not rectum. One may not be fully emptying that site if having normal BM. The final solution ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Ribbon like: stool which is INTERMITTENT are DUE TO SPASM of the lower bowel (old term ="spastic colon") now this is a part of the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bow ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Rectal bleeding is one of the signs of colon cancer, especially if it is in the lower part of the colon. The bleeding is caused by ulceration of the t ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes!: Most colon Cancers may not show up in or effect your stool till it is late and quite advanced(enough to narrow or block the lumen of the colon. If the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
No!: But it's not a good idea! when your body sends you the signal that is time to move her bowels, you should listen. It's really pretty smart. Obvious ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
Usually stay narrow: You have a caliber restricting growth "napkin Ring Lesion" that doesn't get better on it's own. Usually gets worse till it fully obstructs.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Not specifically: Bowel movement color is not a factor to watch for colon cancer unless you see blood. See a doctor for an examination.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not necessarily: There are many causes of foul smelling stool, e.g., fat malabsorption, c. Difficile infection, certain foods that bring undigested material to colon, ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Bleeding is not: One of staging criteria for colon cancer. Blood in stool is a relatively advanced sign of colon cancer, as is pain. You need a colonoscopy for early ... Read More
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