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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can holding your stool in cause colon cancer when you are 50?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 34 years experience
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. Obviously, one cannot always get to a bathroom when we get that signal. But if you do, go move your bowels. Your colon, rectum, and especially the hemorrhoidal veins will thank you (prevent hemorrhoids!) good luck!
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
It's a myth...
Jun 16, 2013

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Last updated Jun 16, 2013

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