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A 20-year-old male asked:

Can colonoscopy(done by an incompetent doctor) cause colon cancer? suppose the doctor nicks something you know? there's bright red blood in my stool.

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 58 years experience
Fairly safe procedur: Colonoscopy is a very safe and essential procedure , complications are rare but do occur, some bleeding is possible after biopsy . All of the doctor are well trained , ask your pcp , or someone who had it to recommend you rather than walking into a place you do not know.Procedure can not cause cancer.
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Dr. Wayne Wolf
General Surgery 22 years experience
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy by an incompetent doctor cannot cause colon cancer although it could have missed colon cancer. If a hole was put in the colon then there could be severe infection. Recommend reviewing your results of the colonoscopy because polyps, hemorrhoids, colitis, and diverticulosis could all cause rectal bleeding.
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Last updated Aug 7, 2018


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