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I have suffered badly from stress past few years, believe it's caused by work. Now have aches, pains & IBS. Concerned stress could cause cancer?

I have suffered badly from stress past few years, believe it's caused by work.  Now have aches, pains & IBS. Concerned stress could cause cancer?

Unknown: I do not know that anyone can absolutely answer your question. I do know that stress can cause a host of other issues. My suggestion is to speak to one of your employers about your job and perhaps have your position modified to allow you less stress. I know speaking to your employer may be risky, but if you have a good track record at your job, they will want to help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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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I was Dx w/IBS younger. Im 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

I was Dx w/IBS younger. Im 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

See answer: altered bowel habits is a feature of IBS and relates to several factors including spasms of the bowel, altered bacterial environment, and sensitivity to certain food triggers. For many IBS patients, stress/anxiety seem to provoke the already sensitive nerves and can flare up their IBS symptoms. More info here: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/irritable-bowel-syndrome-beyond-the-basics Good luck! ...Read more

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An adolescent has frequent yellow/pale stool. Could this be caused by anxiety/IBS? Pancreatic cancer?

An adolescent has frequent yellow/pale stool. Could this be caused by anxiety/IBS? Pancreatic cancer?

The answer to...: ...your question is Yes and Yes, although the likelihood of pancreatic cancer here is very low. Reassurance & appropriate treatment are easy to obtain--call your doctor for examination and directed lab studies please. ...Read more

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I have ibs. But recently read an article of someone dieing from bowl cancer when they thought they had its. This has worried me. Should i be concerned?

I have ibs. But recently read an article of someone dieing from bowl cancer when they thought they had its. This has worried me. Should i be concerned?

IBS: Should only be a diagnosis of exclusion. That is to say it should be diagnosed after all other more serious causes of your symptoms are ruled out and that may entail a complete upper endoscopy and colonoscopy and other appropriate testing based on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Difference between IBS symptoms and ovarian cancer?

Difference between IBS symptoms and ovarian cancer?

Get seen: If you are concerned that you have primary or recurrent ovarian cancer, don't try to match symptoms. Physical exam and imaging will be required to know. The initial symptoms of both diseases that you list are famously often vague. ...Read more

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How do other illnesses affect stage 3 rectal cancer? Eg, ibs, chron's

How do other illnesses affect stage 3 rectal cancer? Eg, ibs, chron's

Depends: Other diseases generally do not affect the prognosis. Complications and recovery may be higher and longer depending on how debilitated the patient is from these conditions when treatment is rendered for the cancer. ...Read more

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Is IBS a risk factor for colon cancer?

Is IBS a risk factor for colon cancer?

IBS not risk factor: Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) is not a direct risk factor for crc. You should have a colonoscopy at age 50 or earlier if you have family members with polyps or cancer. You should see your doctor if you are having any symptoms like change in bowel habits, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue or weakness. ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to colon or rectal cancer?

Does IBS lead to colon or rectal cancer?

Probably not: Ibs probably does not lead to colon or rectal cancer. Certainly, no studies have found this. However, some of the symptoms of ibs, particularly ibs with constipation, may delay diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer. It may be harder to notice a change in bowel habits when your bowel habits change from day to day. ...Read more

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Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Yes: Early colon cancer symptoms can mimici ibs. However unlike ibs, colon cancer can progress to more bleeding, and more localized pain, and can obstruction if continue unchecked. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed of IBS 8 months ago.My question is if this was colon cancer things would be much worse by now right?"

Not necessarily: Some colon cancers are very slow growing and may not have significant worsening of symptoms over 8 months. However, the symptoms of colon cancer are usually quite different than ibs symptoms. But having ibs does not mean you might not also have colon cancer. The best way to be sure you don't have that is to get a colonoscopy. In the us screening colonoscopies are advised for all people at age 50. ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

Colon cancer: Colon cancer is rare is young people but can be see in association with diseases such as familial polyposis. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease involving the colon with longstanding colitis are at greater risk of developing colon or rectal cancer than the general population. Patients who develop IBD at a younger age may be at an increased risk when they are older. ...Read more

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Bouts of diarrhea for a year every 4-8 weeks now in last month i've had 5 sometimes not even 3 days apart. Normal colonscopy 2yrs ago. Ibs or cancer?

Bouts of diarrhea for a year every 4-8 weeks now in last month i've had 5 sometimes not even 3 days apart. Normal colonscopy 2yrs ago. Ibs or cancer?

Many possibilities: You should be seen, provide a full history and undergo exam of you and the stools. This could conceivably be ibs but if you had a normal colonoscopy 2 years ago cancer is very very unlikely. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

See answer: FIRST OFF, IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20'S OR 30'S COLON CA IS UNCOMMON. The incidence increases with age. Colon cancer has NO symptoms in it's early phase. Cancer of the right colon presents with anemia, changes in BM or pain are a very late sign. Cancer of left colon may cause rectal bleeding and/or anemia and eventually a change in BM. see> http://bit.ly/1JhGenE and http://bit.ly/1VlC078 ...Read more

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Thin poop but its not IBS so could it be colon cancer?

One possibility: Thin ribbon like stool is due to spasm in the colon , or partial obstruction from tumor also can give . It is a compelling reason to see your doctor for examination and for colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I've had two colonoscopies in the last 10 yrs, w/ the last 3 yrs ago? Dr thinks I have IBS. What are the odds of having colon cancer now?

Remote: A clean colonoscopy result three years ago and your age essentially rule out colon cancer. For 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. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more