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Blood test for constipation from colon cancer?

Blood test for constipation from colon cancer?

No good test: There is no good blood test for either constipation or colon cancer. In late colon cancer cea levels are usually elevated, but there are other causes of elevated cea. ...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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Diarrhea constipation gas swollen stomach = colon cancer?

Diarrhea constipation gas swollen stomach = colon cancer?

Not always.: Although change in bowel habits is a strong indicator of colon cancer, it can signify other things as well, like irritable bowel syndrome, or gallbladder issue, i.e. Stones. Your'e young for colon cancer, and gallbladder issues. So it is likely that the source of this lies elsewhere, like your diet. You should see your doctor for tests like occult blood test, etc to be sure and for diet help. ...Read more

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Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool: Suspicious but your age is in your favor unless a strong family history of colon or breast cancer. Likely another cause. I would see your PCP. ...Read more

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Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena - are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding also. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Blood clots when trying to pass stool, ulcerative colitis?

Blood clots when trying to pass stool, ulcerative colitis?

Need evaluation: If you are passing blood clots in your stool you could have any number of potentially serious conditions in the GI tract and you need an evaluation asap. Ulcerative colitis is one of any number of possibilities that include a bleeding ulcer in upper digestive tract to cancer anywhere in the GI tract. Get evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Is foul smelling stool from colon cancer?

Is foul smelling stool from colon cancer?

Probably not, but...: There can be many reasons for changes in the odor of stool. Diet and medications are just a few. If there is a change that seems to persist for longer than a week or two, see your doctor for a discussion. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer always make your stools bloody?

Does colon cancer always make your stools bloody?

Maybe: If having bleeding you should be checked for colon cancer or other problems that can cause bleeding. However you could have colon cancer without any visible signs of bleeding. If you are hi risk, get screened! ...Read more

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Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

No: More commonly due to spasm in lower colon. However, sudden change in stool caliber, "pencil thin" stools, cramps, bleeding, nausea, weight loss need evaluation. Ongoing symptoms need evaluation. At the least, this should involve a doctor visit, perhaps other tests. ...Read more

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Uc flare with thin stools, chunks of blood in stool, and frequency. Egd, colonoscopy, biopsies & digital perianal & rectal exam all normal. confused?

Uc flare with thin stools, chunks of blood in stool, and frequency. Egd, colonoscopy, biopsies & digital perianal & rectal exam all normal. confused?

UC is long-term: Ulcerative colitis is a lifelong inflammatory disease of the lining of the large intestine and rectum, that may have systemic consequences, is often relapsing, and can lead to colon cancer. Flares may occur acutely, even after an unremarkable colon evaluation. Don't delay in ruling out superimposed infection, & seeking help from your gastroenterologist. Call him/her now-- ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer?I had a pancreatic protocol ct/hida/liver, pancreas, CBC blood test/stool test/colonoscopy.All perfect.I still have light/yellow stool

Pancreatic cancer?I had a pancreatic protocol ct/hida/liver, pancreas, CBC blood test/stool test/colonoscopy.All perfect.I still have light/yellow stool

Stop worrying: You have nothing to worry about except that fact that you are still a smoker, which i hope you'll stop. If everybody with light-colored stools consumed health-care dollars searching for pancreatic cancer, it'd be a huge waste. Evidently you're not even jaundiced. Please stop reading internet scare stuff, look for another cause of your abdominal pain ; stop reading internet scare stuff. ...Read more

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After getting antibiotics can stool test shows colon cancer blood?

After getting antibiotics can stool test shows colon cancer blood?

See below: I agree with dr. Mumneh that antibiotics themselves would not cause a stool test to show blood. But if you had a form of colitis or infectious colitis, then blood could be seen on a stool test. ...Read more

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Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family.Help?

Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family.Help?

Constipation: First, constipation by itself is not a specific sign of colon cancer & colon cancer is very unlikely at age 21. Drink more water. Eat much less solid food until the constipation resolves. Can try suppository or enema too. Try stronger laxative like magnesium citrate. Avoid this problem by eating right, avoid junk food & excess alcohol, eat more fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can watery stool mean I have colon cancer?

Can watery stool mean I have colon cancer?

Unlikely: It would be very, very unlikely at the age of 16 to have colon cancer. Watery stools would most likely be related to a viral illness that should last no more than 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Colon cancer at 18 years old? Bloating Alternating stools constipation and diarrhea Green stool Change of bowel movement I feel fine though?

Colon cancer at 18 years old? 

Bloating
Alternating stools constipation and diarrhea 
Green stool
Change of bowel movement

I feel fine though?

Colon cancer: At your age colon cancer not likely. There are other more likely reasons for your symptoms such as irritable bowl or other. See your healthcare worker as it may be normal or you may have a reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?

Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?

Absolutely typical: Of a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi. You probably have low stomach acid and a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes because your energy metabolism is being distorted. This disease can affect virtually any organ in the body because of its interference with energy synthesis. Stop sugar in all its various forms. ...Read more

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Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Unlikely: Gall bladder cancer is uncommon. Please consult this site for information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gallbladder-cancer/basics/definition/con-20023909 ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old male it runs in the family I have had constipation it goes away and comes back there is no blood in stool.

How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old male it runs in the family  I have had constipation it goes away and comes back there is no blood in stool.

Depends: Colon cancer is rare at your age. It is prudent to get screening colonoscopy at an age ten years younger than the lowest age at which any family member was diagnosed with colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is the occult blood stool sample an accurate method for testing for colon cancer and where can I get info?

Is the occult blood stool sample an accurate method for testing for colon cancer and where can I get info?

Your doctor: Stool for occult blood is a simple test , could be in your doctor's office as a quick inexpensive screening test for colon cancer, however most accurate test for colon cancer is colonoscopy. Information available from your local hospital to american cancer society office and it is free. ...Read more

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Im 22 with freah blood in stool occassionally no other symptoms chances it means I may have colon cancer?

Im 22 with freah blood in stool occassionally no other symptoms chances it means I may have colon cancer?

No: The commonest cause of painless rectal bleeding in a young individual is internal hemorrhoids. You should see your pcp who can do proctodscopy and see if the hemorrhoids are bleeding. He can then decide whether you need colonoscopy or a colorectal surgeon for treatment of bleeding hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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28 yrs old, male. Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer or are there other reasons? No blood in stool. Bloating and gas.

28 yrs old, male. Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer or are there other reasons? No blood in stool.  Bloating and gas.

No – but what's up?: And narrowed caliber of stool can be commonly associated with colon carcinoma in any age group. It relates to the relative constriction of the rectum prior to evacuation. Other conditions include rectal stenosis, a sizable rectal polyp, or other conditions serving to narrow and constricted the normal sized stool. Best let a gastroenterologist evaluate you by colonoscopy and anoscopy. ...Read more

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I have a slight pain near my tail bone. I have also recently had blood in stool but i do have hemmorroids. Is colon cancer likely?

I have a slight pain near my tail bone. I have also recently had blood in stool but i do have hemmorroids. Is colon cancer likely?

No: Your tail bone area pain has nothing to do with colon cancer but with possible trauma or bone disease. If you have a family hx of colon cancer then get a colonoscopy otherwise treat your hemorrhoids and see if you continue to have fecal blood ...Read more

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What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

Both: or none . Bleeding may not be seen only occult blood Speak to your doctor if you are concerned at the age of 19 ...Read more

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Been having thin/narrow stools.Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool.Should i fear colon cancer?I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Possible lesion: In situ adeno unrelated unless some for of radiation employed that could narrow distal bowel. Narrowing of stool suggests that there is some constriction of bowel causing a narrowing of the lumen and thus the stool. Blood does not have to be present but relying on a gp rectal not satisfactory. Sigmoidoscopy at a minimum and colonoscopy more accepted for this problem. ...Read more

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Does my son have colon cancer? No nausia barely but little stomsch cramp no blood in stool pencil thin stool constipation 13 years moderately active

Does my son have colon cancer?

No nausia
barely but little stomsch cramp
no blood in stool
pencil thin stool
constipation
13 years
moderately active

Virtualy impossible: Colon cancer is practically unheard of in the pediatric population. By the brief history it is conceivable that you have problems due to constipation and an inadequate diet. Make sure he drinks water and not sugary drinks and eats generous portions of veggies and fruit. If he still has problems after you modify the diet, consult your doc. ...Read more

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I have choronic constipation and fecaloma.severe bloating. Fatigue and little weight loss.no blood in stool.im worried for colon cancer? Why fecaloma?

Fiber and water: It is unlikely that you have colon cancer at your age. You should increase your intake of fiber and water.
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. Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more

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I did a CT scan came back negative for diverticulitis but showed a narrowing of the colon. 3cm. Other organs are ok. Does it mean I have colon cancer? I have no blood in stool but I had two episode of complete blockage with vomiting. Colonoscopy next

I did a CT scan came back negative for diverticulitis but showed a narrowing of the colon. 3cm. Other organs are ok. Does it mean I have colon cancer? I have no blood in stool but I had two episode of complete blockage with vomiting. Colonoscopy next

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy, that you planning, should settle the issue.
Wish you good health!
Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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I have an "attack" of lower abdomen cramps & constipation that lasts a few days once every year for 3 & half years. I've had blood in stool in the past not sure if its connected. My primary doc does not think I have colon cancer. Worried. Can it be?

I have an "attack" of lower abdomen cramps & constipation that lasts a few days once every year for 3 & half years. I've had blood in stool in the past not sure if its connected. My primary doc does not think I have colon cancer. Worried. Can it be?

Health phobia: Please continue to see your family doctor. We can all get ill but the probably of it is very low. See a book called Feeling Good by David Burns for some self-help cognitive therapy to change your self talk. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm 23 years old and im worried I have colon cancer or ibs...constipation heartburn blood in stool mucus in stool stomach achel?

Not likely: Would recommend that you mention your symptoms to your doc. Inflammatory bowel disease would be of concern. Cancer is always possible, but not likely. ...Read more

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I have had bright red blood in stool recently and occasionally diarrhea. Do I have colon cancer?

I have had bright red blood in stool recently and occasionally diarrhea.  Do I have colon cancer?

Probably not.: More common causes of blood in stool include hemorrhoids. It would be exceedingly rare for a 19 year old to have colon cancer. If the bleeding does not stop, see your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Says I have inflammation in anus that's why see streak of blood in stool. 41 still worried colon cancer no family history of it though. Do I worry?

Dr. Says I have inflammation in anus that's why see streak of blood in stool. 41 still worried colon cancer no family history of it though. Do I worry?

Get examined: You won't be able to calm down until you've got a colonoscopy. Go for it. A streak of blood in the stool is almost always from having passed a hard stool and getting a small tear, rather than from colon cancer. On the other hand, your concern is indication enough for a real exam. ...Read more

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When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

Not necessarily: Slow bleeding from colon cancer can lead to anemia, without visible blood or black tarry stools. More often than not, anemia is the presenting symptom, especially for right sided colon cancers. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of blood in stool, lack of appetite and stomach discomfort? I'm scared I have colon cancer

What are some possible causes of blood in stool, lack of appetite and stomach discomfort? I'm scared I have colon cancer

Blood in stool: GI symptoms. Please see your doc who may refer you to a GI doc or order an upper and lower scope. It MAY be anything from straining when having a BM to something more. It is very important that you follow up. Then you may catch this early and have peace of mind. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. Andrew Berry
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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