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Can you detect anal or colon cancer via a pap smear?

Can you detect anal or colon cancer via a pap smear?

No.: A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It does not detect anal or colon cancer. People 50 years and older should get a colonoscopy to screen for colonrectal/anal cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Can a dr. Detect anal cancer through a colonoscopy?

Can a dr. Detect anal cancer through a colonoscopy?

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 more

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Can Crohn's disease be found through a cervical biopsy or pap smear test?

Can Crohn's disease be found through a cervical biopsy or pap smear test?

No.: A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It does not detect crohn's disease. If you suspect you have crohn's disease, you can discuss this with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy detect anal cancer?

Can a colonoscopy detect anal cancer?

Do not need: colonoscopy. Anal cancer can be detected by digital (finger) examination and a proctoscope. ...Read more

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Can a doctor detect anal cancer through a colonoscopy and/or a sonogram of the prostate?

Can a doctor detect anal cancer through a colonoscopy and/or a sonogram of the prostate?

Anoscopy: A better method would be anoscopy. See this site for information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003890.htm ...Read more

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Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test? .

Can a pap smear diagnose uterine cancer? Can uterine cancer show up on a pap smear test?

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Yes: Pap smear may pick up endometrial cancer, but it will miss more than it will pick up. Pap is far more useful for detecting cancer of the uterine cervix. ...Read more

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Would a Pap smear, coloscopy, and biopsy of cervix cells detect a herpes infection?

Would a Pap smear, coloscopy, and biopsy of cervix cells detect a herpes infection?

Not necessarily: There is a blood test for herpes and if you wish to know if you have been infected with Herpes 1 and or 2, ask your doctor for the blood test. For good health- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I've had a negative colonoscopy and prostate/rectal sonogram, do they both detect anal cancer? Is anal cancer common?

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 more

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Can a gynecologist preform an anal pap or check for internal anal warts?

Can a gynecologist preform an anal pap or check for internal anal warts?

Probably: The gynecologist or family doctor has the equipment to do it, but you might want to call them first to make sure before you make an appointment for it. Also a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon can usually diagnose condyloma with an exam or a scope. ...Read more

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If chlamydia was contracted anally, would it show up on a blood test or regular pap smear? Or would an anal pap be the best option?

If chlamydia was contracted anally, would it show up on a blood test or regular pap smear? Or would an anal pap be the best option?

Anal pap: Anal pap smears and direct pcr testing at the anus should be diagnostic. Regular pap, urine testing for chlamydia are also suggested. ...Read more

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How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

How is a digital rectal exam done to detect colon cancer?

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 more

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Can a colonoscopy help detect prostate cancer like from bulging?

Can a colonoscopy help detect prostate cancer like from bulging?

No: Bulging prostate may have nothing to do with prostate cancer. Stick with a finger examination and psa testing. ...Read more

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Do you have a blood test, pap or biopsy test for cervical cancer?

Do you have a blood test, pap or biopsy test for cervical cancer?

Pap, biopsy and HPV: Cervial cancer screening depends on pap smears and hpv testing. If there are abnormal findings, a biopsy and examination by a pathologist are needed. ...Read more

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Can a colposcope see anything else besides cancer or precancer cells in the cervix? What other abnormalities can it detect?

Can a colposcope see anything else besides cancer or precancer cells in the cervix? What other abnormalities can it detect?

Colposcope: A colposcope looks at the cervix in detail including its anatomy. It's main use is to help the physician detect microscopic abnormalities, cancer, and dysplasia. ...Read more

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Can cervical or uterine cancer procedure be done in a dr's office to resolve or./and remove cancer?

Yes and no: Conization for early cervical cancer is an often-curative procedure that can sometimes be done in the office. Cancer of the body of the uterus / endometrium will generally require a visit to the operating room. ...Read more

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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

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

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Is a pap smear enough to diagnose cervical cancer, or is biopsy necessary?

Is a pap smear enough to diagnose cervical cancer,  or is biopsy necessary?

Depends: Pap smear is usually a screening tool that if abnormal prompts one to do a colposcopy with biopsy to definitively diagnose cervical cancer. Although ca in situ can be seen initially with a pap smear. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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


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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more