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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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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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How can we find colon cancer through stool test?

How can we find colon cancer through stool test?

Colon cancer: Good wikipedia question. Look for blood when you poo. Test poo for blood and can test for cancer cells in stool with DNA testing. ...Read more

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How accurate Is the schebo stool test in detecting colon cancer with present symtoms?

How accurate Is the schebo stool test in detecting colon cancer with present symtoms?

Not gold standard: It's a pretty good screen but if you're having symptoms, you need to get 'scoped. ...Read more

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How can we find colon cancer through stool test?? What are the symptoms of colon cancer??

How can we find colon cancer through stool test?? What are the symptoms of colon cancer??

Here are few thought: Colon Cancer is often a silent disease in its early stages. That is why a colonoscopy examination is advised at the age of 50 years.
Some people will present with rectal bleeding(Blood in the stools). Abdominal pain and anemia related symptoms(fatigue) can also be a signal of colon cancer. Stool tests(2 of them) are also available through your PCP. ...Read more

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How accurate % Is the schebo stool test in colon cancer? I mean how can it miss a tumor since it decects bleeding and nonbleeding tumors

How  accurate % Is the schebo stool test in colon cancer? I mean how can it miss a tumor since it decects bleeding and nonbleeding tumors

Schebo colon ca test: ScheBo tumor M2-PK Stool Test is a totally new approach for bowel cancer screening. Previously, only non-specific tests for blood in the stool could be used to give an indication of an existing bowel cancer (24% accuracy). With the new ELISA method for Tumor marker M2-PK in the stool it′s now possible to detect bleeding or non-bleeding bowel cancers, as well as polyps (80-90%,sen.- specificity) ...Read more

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1 Morning stool test done.2-3 pus cells.SGOT 62,No blood.Blood test-mild eosinophilia.I have lipomas in my body.sonography normal.Colon cancer,lipoma?

1 Morning stool test done.2-3 pus cells.SGOT 62,No blood.Blood test-mild eosinophilia.I have lipomas in my body.sonography normal.Colon cancer,lipoma?

Sketchy information: Not a picture of colon cancer, also not the age, you need a Gastroenterologist to evaluate your condition better and do more comprehensive liver enzymes workup, goodluck ...Read more

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Fbc and stool test normal. Not ibd or parasites. sudden mucus in stool daily 2 wks. Some loose stools.Could this be normal Or ibs or Colon cancer?

Fbc and stool test normal. Not ibd or parasites. sudden mucus in stool daily 2 wks. Some loose stools.Could this be normal Or ibs or Colon cancer?

IBS: 24 y male has chronic loose stools, recently with "mucus", and has had a negative clinical work-up for Irritable Bowel Disease, IBD. These symptoms can be attendant with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, which is likely a functional disorder and dysautonomia. See comments: ...Read more

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I am undergoing many gastro tests.My occult stool samples were negative.Does this assist in helping r/o colon cancer? Thank you

I am undergoing many gastro tests.My occult stool samples were negative.Does this assist in helping r/o colon cancer? Thank you

Depends: It depends on what stats you read. In reality, only 25% of colon cancers have occult blood. So, it being negative is a good thing, but by itself not enough.

The test carries more weight when it is positive than when negative. ...Read more

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Am 27 yr old & a pile patient(2nd stg).I hav a bad bloating stomach.Stools 4/5 times/day.Had stool test pH level is 5.0.Scared if it is colon cancer.?

Am 27 yr old & a pile patient(2nd stg).I hav a bad bloating stomach.Stools 4/5 times/day.Had stool test pH level is 5.0.Scared if it is colon cancer.?

Flu: Doubt it is colon cancer- sounds more like you have an intestinal bug that is bothering you, and you need to be followed up for that. The ph level of the stool isn't worth the paper it is done with. ...Read more

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Hy doctor How can we find colon cancer through stool test ???I checked my stool and founded pus cells 1-3/hpf,rbc cells 0-3 hpf and there is no mucous i have pain in my stomach is there any problem??

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How can we find colon cancer through stool test ???I checked my stool and founded pus cells 1-3/hpf,rbc cells 0-3 hpf and there is no mucous i have pain in my stomach is there any problem??

No good stool test: No good stool test exists at present to dx colon cancer. That is why colonoscopy still employed. Cologuard is a stool test that measures gene mutations and can suggest the potential for eventually or possibly developing the disease but not whether it is already present. We have shown that a stool ELISA measuring the protein mutated MUC5ac will indicate whether cancer is or is not present. ...Read more

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Is green stool a sign of colon cancer?

Is green stool a sign of colon cancer?

Not specifically: Bowel movement color is not a factor to watch for colon cancer unless you see blood. See a doctor for an examination. ...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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Black and red dots in stool. Could it be colon cancer?

Black and red dots in stool. Could it be colon cancer?

See a doctor: Without seeing what you are describing it is very hard to know what you have. Diet is the most common cause for the color of bowel movements. Any changes in the bowel function or bowel habits should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

For how long?: Anybody can pass a thin one from time to time. If this persists for more than a few days, go in and get a rectal from your physician. It's more worrisome to have the caliber decreasing gradually over time. ...Read more

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Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Bleeding is not: One of staging criteria for colon cancer. Blood in stool is a relatively advanced sign of colon cancer, as is pain. You need a colonoscopy for early diagnosis of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Colon cancer. Do you always have to have blood seen in your stools?

Colon cancer. Do you always have to have blood seen in your stools?

No: However, blood in stool should definitely be a flag. That is why colonoscopy is being recommenced as a screening tool....To find cancer before they cause obstruction or bleed enough to be detected. Screening criteria are always changing with the research. Your doctor will guide you. ...Read more

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I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

No, that is just one: Possiblity. Most likely is hemorroids, then infections, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, angiodysplasia. But you are right, the most deadly is cancer, so have it checked out. ...Read more

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Started having pencil thin stool. I'm really scared! do I have colon cancer?

Started having pencil thin stool. I'm really scared! do I have colon cancer?

Have it checked: Change in bowel movements can be a sign of colon cancer. It can also be a sign of other non-cancerous conditions of the colon as well, like diverticulitis. If this is a change for you, i would recommend going to a gastroenterologist and having it checked. ...Read more

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Can you have colon cancer that causes flat stools two years after clean colonoscopy?

Can you have colon cancer that causes flat stools two years after clean colonoscopy?

CA 2 y postcolonsocp: Possible if they missed one before or if you have strong family Hx of colon cancer. Need more details. ...Read more

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How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

Pencil thin stool: Pencil thin stools should generally be like that. However any change in bowel habits or bleeding should prompt evaluation by your pcp gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?

What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?

No: Most common cause of bleeding with stool is hemorrhoids. One cannot really tell the cause of bleeding by history alone and people with recurrent bleeding need to have colonoscopy to ensure they do not have any cancer. ...Read more

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Type 6 stool for the past 2 weeks. Is this a sign of colon cancer. Before, stool was more solid. Obstruction?

Type 6 stool for the past 2 weeks. Is this a sign of colon cancer. Before, stool was more solid. Obstruction?

Sure, but...: ...would certainly consider non-obstructing or nonmass-related causes, like altered GI transit, medication-induced bowel irregularity, depression, metabolic concerns (e.g. thyroid dysfunction, diabetic gut), neuropathies, infectious and noninfectious enteritis, many more. By Bristol stool scale #6 you're indicating diarrheal stool, correct? ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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. Shari Jackson
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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