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can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Only: ..If it is low in the rectum and palpable to the finger. Also, if it's causing bleeding, the doctor may do an occult blood test during the rectal exam which if positive, may lead to the discovery of cancer later. Not a great screening test, though.
Answered on Jan 13, 2017
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