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A 36-year-old male asked:

after a food poisoning in '11, my stool pattern became strange. i mostly get flattish stool & always very soft. its rarely round when hard. is that ca?

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Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not likely..: see a gastroenterogist and get scoped or get a barium enema test to be sure.
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
This stool pattern: can be entirely normal. It may suggest a longer transit time and a good amount of dietary fiber. It is not a typical symptom of colorectal cancer. If this change happened 5 years ago and nothing further has developed, I would be comfortable saying this is normal. But, safest would be discussing with doctor for consideration of colonosocpy; flat stool may suggest obstruction by mass or IBS

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