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Can A Colonoscopy Detect Anal 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
Likely yes: As before the colonoscopy is done, a digital rectal examination is performed to visualize & palpate the area. Sometimes a biopsy of a concerning area is also needed though. See & ask your own gastroenterologist to get a better answer to this question as to what they saw during the exam. ...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
I've had a negative colonoscopy and prostate/rectal sonogram, do they both detect anal cancer? Is anal cancer common?
Anal cancer: can be detected by direct rectal exam or anoscopy, without colonoscopy. Trananal prostate ultrasound does not detect anal cancer. Anal cancer is less common than colorectal cancer. If digital exam and colonoscopy are both negative, it is unlikely that you have anal cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?
FOBT is screen: Fobt is designed to test for blood in stool. Blood in stool may be due to any bleeding in the GI tract from the gums to the anus; and there are false positives also. If fobt is positive, colonoscopy is generally recommended to look of colon cancer. Fobt per se is not a diagnostic test for cancer, just blood in stool. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Great question, no: Piles, or hemorrhoids, are a normal part of our anatomy. They do not turn into cancer. But what we see too often is patients assuming that rectal bleeding, pain, etc is due to hemorrhoids and not get seen. In other words, the symptoms of piles can be the same as rectal cancer. Even though it's uncomfortable and embarrassing people with these symptoms should get examined ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX
Here are some...: Your Q is well taken. However, even today all what medical professionals can do is to apply current available knowledge, skill, technology, medication, common sense, & wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way for reasonable patient. More facts: Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we do not know. Nonetheless, what you have had should be sufficient to assure your current health. ...Read more
No: A fecal occult test tests for blood in the stool. Colon cancer can be a cause but so can colon polyps, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcer and many other causes. Anyone with a positive fobt test should have further work up done to evaluate where the blood is coming from. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can you diagnose nonpolyposis colorectal cancer discovered if there are no polyps to detect during sigmoi/colonoscopy?
Is it possible for CEA, C19-9, Abdominal Echo and FOB examinations to detect hemorrhoids, polyps and Colon Caner? Thank you!
No perfect tests!!: Some of these tests(CEA) are only useful for far advanced Cancers(not helpful for early detection of polyps or colon cancer. CEA and CA 19-9 are tumor markers, they are useless for most cases of early cancer. Abdominal ECHO has limited usefulness to detect fluid and certain cystic lesions, not useful for Colon Cancer. The best test for checking colon for polyps and colon cancer is Colonoscopy ...Read more
Test for blood in BM: The fobt tests for blood in the stool. Test is performed on spontaneously voided stool on three separate occasions. Presence of blood in any of the samples is a "positive" test. Blood may indicate cancer, hemorrhoids, blood vessel abnormality, local irritation or a host of other non life threatening things. However, blood in the stool is a finding that needs follow up with a more specific test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The anal canal lesion is squamous in origin. The dentate line marks the upper junction between squamous and mucosal epithelium in the anal canal. ... Tumours near the anal margin spread to the inguinal lymph nodes; those higher in the anal canal spread to the pelvis The Anal Cancer Trial (ACT-1) demonstrated the superiority of using chemoradiation with 5-FU ...Read more
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