U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 45-year-old member asked:

How is colorectal cancer diagnosed usually?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Colonoscopy, imaging: And biopsy. A lesion may be detected on colonscopy or barium enema or the more recent ct scans. The lesion is biopsied and the tissue examined by a pathologist to make the diagnosis. Colon cancer may be suspected if there is blood in stool, either obvious or occult.
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Colon cancer dx: Colon cancer is usually diagnosed at colonoscopy

Similar questions

A 36-year-old member asked:

What areas does colorectal cancer usually affect before metastasis?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Unclear question: Before metastases, colorectal cancer affects the mucosa and wall of large intestine. Tumors on the left side of the colon are more common than on the right side. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001308/.

Related questions

A 44-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me what is colorectal cancer?
1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
A 34-year-old member asked:
Colorectal cancer is really serious, right?
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
What are early symptoms of colorectal cancer?
2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
A 27-year-old member asked:
What are common symptoms of colorectal cancer?
4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
A 45-year-old member asked:
My son has colorectal cancer. Where do I start?
3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Last updated Nov 28, 2014

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.