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A 53-year-old female asked:

Other than blood in stool i have all the symptoms of colon c.gastro is doing stool samples then a flexible sigmoid.how can this diagnosis cancer?thank you.

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Left side of colon: Flexible sigmoidoscopy looks at left side of colon, last foot and a half of the 5-6feet of colon if something looks abnormal can get biopsied to look at under the microscop. Sig is not complete exam of colon. Biopsy does not mean cancer.
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Not always : What gastro's do best is colonoscopy, especially at 54. There must be a reason why a flex sig is being done as opposed to colonoscopy in setting of "symptoms of colon cancer". Ask your gastro for clarification.

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