Top
10
Doctor insights on: Can A Doctor Tell If You Have Colon Cancer By Taking Test

Share
1

1
Can a doctor tell if you have colon cancer by taking test?

Can a doctor tell if you have colon cancer by taking test?

Depends on type: Guaiac for blood in the stool can be a sign of colon cancer. Colonoscopy is a screening study, where a polyp, tumor, or mass can be biopsied and a diagnosis given by a pathologist for colon cancer. Imaging studies may suggest a tumor also. There are many ways of screening for colon cancer (usually started after 50 years), depending on age and symptoms. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Barry Rosen
4,214 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
What to do if i might have colon cancer im afraid/embarrassed to tell my doc?

What to do if i might have colon cancer im afraid/embarrassed to tell my doc?

Don't be: You should not be afraid or embarrased to tell your doctor anything, especially if it is something that concerns you. If your relationship with you doctor is awkward, i would get a new primary care physician until you find one that you are comfortable with. ...Read more

3

3
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

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
What can a doctor's rectal exam tell me about my risk for colon cancer?

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
Doctors can you tell me when should I be tested for colon cancer?

Doctors can you tell me when should I be tested for colon cancer?

50 if no symptoms: The current recommendations are to get a screening colonoscopy at age 50 if no symptoms and no family history. Certainly sooner if you are having GI problems. Also sooner if family history. For example if parent had colon cancer at 50 you should be screened 10 years earlier at 40. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Can doctors tell me what does one do to lessen the chances of getting colon cancer?

Can doctors tell me what does one do to lessen the chances of getting colon cancer?

Colonoscopy.: Kduffey1. Colon cancer is the only cancer that can be prevented. Colon cancer appears more from 50 years up. Persons with familiar polyposis will develop colon cancer, colon cancer comes from a previous benign polyp, if a person has colonoscopy from 50 years up will not develop colon cancer. Colonoscopy should be done earlier if the person has rectal bleeding or diarrheas or constipation. ...Read more

7

7
I had a blood test done at my doctor and everything was normal. He said this means I probably don't have Colon cancer. Could I still have colon cancer?

I had a blood test done at my doctor and everything was normal. He said this means I probably don't have Colon cancer. Could I still have colon cancer?

Yes: To rule in or out colon cancers, colonoscopy is mandatory. That said, given your age it is not likely that you have colon cancer. Your family history and your symptoms may help in deciding if you do need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Family history colon cancer, last colo, 3 yrs ago, nothing, today, large polyp, lab test, maybe echo, french doctor, anything else, probabilities?

Family history colon cancer, last colo, 3 yrs ago, nothing, today, large polyp, lab test, maybe echo, french doctor, anything else, probabilities?

Size and type: The risk of there being cancer in a polyp is correlated with the size and type of polyp. Polyps resected by colonoscopies have a risk of leaving tissue behind that remains suspect. A lot depends on what the pathologist sees. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Doctor said to my dad he have colon cancer but the biopsy result was ok it show that is just polip.His blood test was ok aswell.What we should do now?

Doctor said to my dad he have colon cancer but the biopsy result was ok it show that is just polip.His blood test was ok aswell.What we should do now?

Repeat colonoscopy: Unless the pathology report comes back on the polyp as showing malignancy, he will need to have a follow-up colonoscopy to look for new polyps in the future (1-3 years). The timing will depend on risk factors, such as a history of ulcerative colitis, strong family history, completeness of colonoscopy, biopsy findings. If the pathology shows cancer, he should see a colorectal or general surgeon. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
28 yo. Colon cancer fear. No family hist. Ibs diagnosis. Have had tiny specks of blood on tp. Doc said hemmroids. Negative occult test. do you agree?

28 yo. Colon cancer fear. No family hist. Ibs diagnosis. Have had tiny specks of blood on tp. Doc said hemmroids. Negative occult test. do you agree?

Too young for it!: Colon care is uncommon under the age of 50 years, so you should not live under this fear when you are so young. The fact that your doctor has checked you and found hemorrhoids as the cause of your questionable bleeding. Once you get to the age of 45-50 years. screening with Colonoscopy would be the best security to avoid any fear of this Cancer which is easily detectable and preventable. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Eric Kaplan
921 doctors shared insights

Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel
1 doctor shared a insight

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