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Are Rectal Spasms Colon Cancer
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
Somewhat: Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma. They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer. ...Read more
Blood needs check-up: Bleeding from the GI tract (whether identified via mouth or rectum, whether visible in stool or found on fecal occult blood test) is never normal. Even "a little bit" of bleeding deserves evaluation to identify source. For most patients, however bleeding as you describe does not mean cancer, but rather inflammation, broken blood vessels, diverticulosis, infection, ischemia, fissures, hemorrhoids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May not: A digital rectal examination can only test as far a finger will go into the rectum. A finger inserted through the anus cannot reach colon, therefore a digital rectal examination cannot detect colon cancer. However, rectum is part of the colon and a common site for cancer and a digital rectal exam is useful. Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: We all have hemorrhoids (pillars of vascular tissue in the lower rectum). Some of us have symptomatic hemorrhoids (bleeding, pain, or itching). On their own, symptomatic hemorrhoids will not lead to colon cancer. The low fiber Western diet can be associated with an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer. Best advice: eat a diet high in fiber and drink lots of water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 19 and they found 2 inflammatory polyps, .59 cm hyperplastic polyp, and rectal juvenile polyp in my colon. What's the risk of future colon cancer?
Genetics consult: 19 yo woman PMH sig for iron deficiency anemia with colonic polyps found on virtual colonoscopy. You need a referral for a standard colonoscopy where the polyps will be removed and examined pathologically. With your history, you may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease and or some type of familial polyposis which may give you a higher risk in future but your expert GI doc will always watch out for you ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always.: Early in colon cancer, there are typically NO symptoms until the cancer tumor grows large enough that it begins to cause problems in the digestive tract. Small, asymptomatic cancers can be found by screening colonoscopy. Larger tumors may cause changes in bowel habits (diarrhea/constipation/change in consistency of stool), blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, weakness/fatigue, persistent pain ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Screening tool: On rare occasion a low lying rectal cancer can be detected on the exam by feeling it. Most often stool is sampled and analyzed for traces of blood. If blood is found then the doctor can check for hemorrhoids and may recommend a colonoscopy to find out if there is a specific cause such as a polyp or a cancer or diverticulosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Green stools, little black dots in stool and also when I wipe. Scared this may be rectal/colon cancer at 18. What are the chances?
If someone had colon cancer a year ago how often should he get a colonoscopy and do all colon and rectal cancers starts from a polyp?
It depends, and yes: If the colon cancer was small, repeat colonoscopy should be done every year. If it was big or obstructed the colon, repeat colonoscopy might be necessary in 3 or 6 months. Ask your oncologist. And yes, all colon carcinomas are believed to start as polyps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?
Colon cancer: Given your age and symptoms your doctor is probably correct. If you are not bleeding and not having symptoms i would not refer you for colonoscopy to evaluate for colon cancer. And yes, colon cancer would continue to bleed and would have caused multiple other symptoms by now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the sign and symptoms of rectal/colon cancer? Can it be easily treated? And also my stool color is sometimes black, dark brown, green ormixed
Varies : Signs and symptoms of colon cancer vary tremendously, certainly would be extremely rare in a 19 year old. Abdominal pain, change in bowel movements, unexplained weight loss, abdominal fullness, nausea are among the more common presenting symptoms. I would not hesitate to be seen and discuss directly with a doctor. ...Read more
24 yr old bright red rectal bleeding for a few weeks almost 3 years ago.No bleeding or symptoms since. Dr said ok.Would colon cancer continue to bleed?
On two occasions, I had smelly stools, bright red streaks in stools, and this time, rectal pain. Colon cancer??
Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea
Either: Rectal and colon cancer could be very serious and should not been taking lightly you are 25 years old chance of cancer very low but not zero you simply have a bad constipation you should not let yourself go for four month without proper treatment eat more healthy food less junk eat more fruits and fibers drink a lot of water and take stool softener if you need it see your doctor if not better. ...Read more
I'm 25 and had a baby 7 months ago. I also have 4 out if 6 symptoms of colon cancer including rectal bleeding. How likely is this? I have appt w/ gi.
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