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What does mean when your stool is almost black all the time I am a colon cancer survivor, but when they discover my cancer my stool was regular color but there was blood around it on the outside and i was feeling very week, now i feel fine but the stool

What does mean when your stool is almost black all the time I am a colon cancer survivor, but when they discover my cancer my stool was regular color but there was blood around  it on the outside and i was feeling very week, now i feel fine but the stool

Need to discuss: Need to discuss this further. You are 33, clearly have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer, have already had surgery and now with black stool. Black stool usually signifies blood from the upper abdominal tract - stomach, duodenum, small intestine. You should definitely not leave this alone and speak with a specialist regarding this further. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

Consult her oncologi: Her oncologist needs to know about this new development. Cancer can spread to brain and cause symptoms like the ones you have described. It can also be due to metabolic derangements which can occur due to her cancer. So an urgent visit and further evaluation is advised. ...Read more

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How many are rectal/colon cancer survivors over 5 years?

How many are rectal/colon cancer survivors over 5 years?

It depends: There are many survivors. The rate varies by stage. Early stage patients have an excellent 5 year outcome. Even stage iii patients have a survival of 70-75% with proper treatment. ...Read more

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What are the survivor rates for stage 4 colon cancer?

What are the survivor rates for stage 4 colon cancer?

Relatively low: If resectable, survival is about 25% at 5 years. Even if unresectable, I have many patients who are alive years after diagnosis with the use of chemo and avastin (bevacizumab). ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 25 year old?

How rare is colon cancer in a 25 year old?

Pretty rare : Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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What are the odds of a 19 year old getting colon cancer?

What are the odds of a 19 year old getting colon cancer?

It happens...: Teens and young adults do get colon cancer, but over 90% of all cases occur in adults over 50 years of age. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer common for 36 year old male with no family history?

Is colon cancer common for 36 year old male with no family history?

No: Colon cancer is at your age of 36 is 0.25%(2.5 chances in 1000)over the next 10 years ,9.2 chances in 1000 over next 20 yrs. So the answer is it is very RARE for your age.If you are having colon symptoms see your doctor.Good luck. ...Read more

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If you are a 40-year-old vegetarian--should I check for colon cancer?

If you are a 40-year-old vegetarian--should I check for colon cancer?

Not yet.: Colon cancer screening should begin at age 50 unless you have a family history of colon cancer. While we believe colon cancer to be associated with high red meat diets, being a vegetarian should not exclude you from routine screening. ...Read more

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Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby?Thank you

Do 33 year women after colon cancer and surgery, chemotherapy can have baby?Thank you

Yes: Chemotherapy may supress the ovarian function and may affect one's fertility. However, i think she will actually gradually gain the ovarian function back again- post chemo. Thus theoritically if she wishes to be pregnant -she could have a baby. ...Read more

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I am not constipated but at the end of my bm i feel that there`s a part that won`t come out. Can a 23 year old have colon cancer?

I am not constipated but at the end of my bm i feel that there`s a part that won`t come out. Can a 23 year old have colon cancer?

Yes: It would be inordinately uncommon, but a 23 year old can have colon cancer. To be sure you are not missing anything, see a doctor and be examined. ...Read more

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Why are most doctors so quick to write off colon cancer probability in a 21 year old? Most doctors wont test me for colon cancer why?

Why are most doctors so quick to write off colon cancer probability in a 21 year old? Most doctors wont test me for colon cancer why?

Too young: Unless you have bad genetic mutation and/or terrible luck, colon cancer is exceeding rare for a 21 year old. Screening colonoscopy has an unacceptable complication vs benefit ratio when performed on an asymptomatic, normal risk young person. ...Read more

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How often will a 22 year old get diagnosed with colon cancer?

How often will a 22 year old get diagnosed with colon cancer?

Not often: Although it's possible, it's unlikely. A study i just read sited of people ages 20-49 about 8.4/100, 000. Keep in mind that includes the range of ages. If you have family with colon cancer at a young age, that would increase your risk....And you would not be in the 8.5/100, 00. ...Read more

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How probable would it be for a 15 year old to have colon cancer?

How probable would it be for a 15 year old to have colon cancer?

Very very rare: Even with a strong family history of colon cancer, it is extremely unlikely for a 15 year old to have colon cancer. See this site for hereditary colon cancer info. http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/guide/inherited-colorectal-cancer. ...Read more

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One year post op for colon cancer what are chances for reoccurrence?

One year post op for colon cancer what are chances for reoccurrence?

Surveillance: Congratulations on this milestone, 1year survivor. Your long term health, recurrance risk, survival will be improved with surveillance. Go see your doc or your oncologist about lab work, colonoscopy as part of your surveillance. The stage, grade and details of adjuvant therapy also impact your survival and risk for recurrance. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a 76 year old afrimight it be that a american man survive colon cancer?

Might it be that a a 76 year old afrimight it be that a american man survive colon cancer?

Yes: There have been enumerable advances in the treatment of colon cancer over the past decade. The surgery to remove the cancer is often safe. In the event that chemotherapy is recommended, the response rates are quite high. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer extremely common, as compared to other cancers, in a healthy 65 year old adult?

Is colon cancer extremely common, as compared to other cancers, in a healthy 65 year old adult?

Colon CA: Yes. But if you smoke or ever did then lung would move up to be more common. Please add that to your risk possibilities. ...Read more

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How quickly do symptoms progress with colon cancer? I'm an 18 year old male exhibiting colon cancer-like symptoms.

How quickly do symptoms progress with colon cancer? I'm an 18 year old male exhibiting colon cancer-like symptoms.

Cancer warning signs: Warning signs for bowel cancer include blood in stool, change in bowel habits, change in stool caliber and abdominal discomfort, but none are specific for bowel cancer. A doctor can help sort out any symptoms. How quickly symptoms progress is variable among individuals. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more