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A 24-year-old male asked:

1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3x/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. severe health anxiety. worried about colon cancer. no family history. cancer or ibs?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 56 years experience
Hypochondrasis: I feel your distress about having Colon cancer. Relax about “No family history. Cancer or IBS” Feel good about lack of abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea alternating with constipation, or severe constipation. Do not be victim of severe health anxiety, Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for anxiety due to stresses; coping skills and medication.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
We appreciate your concern. While colon cancer can infrequently occur in young people, some simple testing may reassure you.
Oct 20, 2015
Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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