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A 25-year-old female asked:

A lady i take care of had dirreah couple times the past week and all of this week she's had no bms. family history of colon cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Fiber laxative: You wish to try using fiber laxative like metamucil, with or without a laxative like dulcolax. Please make sure that she is well hydrated and ambulates if she is able to walk around. If constipation persists, you may need to administer enema to prevent fecal impaction. How old is the lady? When did she have colonoscopy, if ever?
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Your question: Seems to be whether your patient has colon cancer. The only way to know for sure is to perform a colonoscopy. Short of that, fecal occult blood test is another option. Take her to her doctor and he will get proper tests, depending on her age and risk factors.

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Last updated May 9, 2013

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