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A 71-year-old female asked:

I had a colonoscopy 8 months ago. no polyps, nothing. all clear. i am having constipation now. what are the chances of having colon cancer. i had one ten years ago and did not have any polyps either. doctor said i was good?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Constipation per se is not a sign of colon cancer. A clean colonoscopy 8 months ago would make it highly unlikely that you have colon cancer. : You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods.
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Chances to have colon cancer are relatively low in this context. However, colon cancer is not among the most common causes for constipation as colonoscopy is not the only diagnostic test for constipation. Hydration and physical exercise are key in dealing with functional constipation.
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Last updated Mar 31, 2022
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