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If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

May be normal: The reservoir of the large bowel is transverse colon and not rectum. One may not be fully emptying that site if having normal BM. The final solution is in colonoscopy where if nothing seen on complete scoping, this would rule out Ca. If such occurs the symptoms may be arising in small bowel and at that point TCT of abdomen would be helpful ...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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Is it possible to have normal stool with colon cancer?

Is it possible to have normal stool with colon cancer?

Yes!: Most colon Cancers may not show up in or effect your stool till it is late and quite advanced(enough to narrow or block the lumen of the colon. If there is sufficient risk of colon cancer, then Colonoscopy is the best way to check for Colon Cancer provided the person is 50 years or older( this is the age to begin screening for Colon cancer in an asymptomatic person). ...Read more

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If a colon cancer is in advanced stage , it makes the stools thin every day? Because I had thin stool 2 weeks ago, then normal and today again. Help?

If a colon cancer is in advanced stage , it makes the stools thin every day? Because I had thin stool 2 weeks ago, then normal and today again. Help?

Whoa: Forgive me for this. You list yourself as having colon cancer. This will only narrow the caliber of your stool if it's still present. Are you inoperable? Is this a self-diagnosis unconfirmed by a competent physician? The bottom line is that we can't answer your question without more clinical information, and ultimately you need to find a physician whom you trust, cancer or no. ...Read more

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I notice last 2 days I get full faster or early satiety and im 22 I first got worried of colon cancer but my stools are normal and no other symptoms?

I notice last 2 days I get full faster or early satiety and im 22 I first got worried of colon cancer but my stools are normal and no other symptoms?

Common things are...: Common things are common! that means one should look for common reasons for having one's symptoms. For feeling full shortly into a meal, there are many common reasons. The primary care doctor, after one or a few visits, can evaluate for the common causes. Then, a gastro-intestinal specialist can do added testing if needed. Cancer is always possible, but rare things are rare! ...Read more

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Black little dots in stool. Would colon cancer stools be thin one day then be normal the next? I did have blood in stools for two days only last week

Black little dots in stool. Would colon cancer stools be thin one day then be normal the next? I did have blood in stools for two days only last week

Not sure: I am assuming that you do not have a significant family history for colon cancer. Colon cancer can result in thin stools but i would think that they stay that way. Blood in the stool can indicate possible colon tumor(polyp) or cancer but it not very common for patients your age.I would reccomend that you see a dr. To find out the cause of your bleeding.Internal hemorrhiods could be a cause. ...Read more

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My Dr. says my anus is inflamed and that is why I c blood on stool. Said he's not concerned. I am still worried. 41 no family hist of colon cancer?

My Dr. says my anus is inflamed and that is why I c blood on stool. Said he's not concerned. I am still worried. 41 no family hist of colon cancer?

? hemorrhoids: I f you were examined and had a rectal exam by your doctor , Most likely you might be having hemorrhoids. But make sure with your Doctor the diagnosis is hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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2bm a day 1st normal 2nd usually loose/diarrhoea. Not constipated. Fbc normal, stool culture normal. Worried colon cancer. What could it be?

2bm a day 1st normal 2nd usually loose/diarrhoea. Not constipated. Fbc normal, stool culture normal. Worried colon cancer. What could it be?

Normal variant : 20's male with firm followed by loose stools in am, with normal colonoscopy/"culture" has mild IBS pattern. In recent years many young males have evoked this pattern of stooling. Commonly they take it in stride &, if they tell doctors, they are told about "fiber", gluten, lactose etc. Colon cancer in 20's male most exceedingly rare. See comments: ...Read more

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What are the odds of a 18 year old with all normal blood work and no family history having colon cancer? change in bm looser stool no other symptoms

What are the odds of a 18 year old with all normal blood work and no family history having colon cancer? change in bm looser stool no other symptoms

Colon cancer RARE: 90% of colon cancer is in people 50 and up. The average age of a patient with colon cancer is 72. The odds of an adolescent having colon cancer is 0.31 in 1 000 000. You should discuss your many concerns about colon cancer with your doctor. A simple stool test may help reassure you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sudden Small Amts of mucus in stool every other day intermittent with loose stools for 2 wks. Fbc normal, stool parasite test negative. Colon cancer?

Sudden Small Amts of mucus in stool every other day intermittent with loose stools for 2 wks. Fbc normal, stool parasite test negative. Colon cancer?

Probably not: Cause of mucus in stool usually secondary to an inflammatory process such as colitis. This could also causes loose stools. Most Ca's are asymptomatic when small. As they get larger they obstruct , bleed and occasionally perforate. Colonoscopy can easily define problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible that stools came back to normal size if I had colon cancer with intake of probiotics, healthier diet and a lot of fiber rich food.

Is it possible that stools came back to normal size if I had colon cancer with intake of probiotics, healthier diet and a lot of fiber rich food.

Colon ca treatment: Dietary measures are helpful in preventing colon cancer. However once colon cancer develops you need to see a doctor to have it properly staged and treated; even the early stages need treatment. ...Read more

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I have been having thin stools on and off doctor ran cbc and everything was normal im very scared about colon cancer 18yr old male no blood or pain?

I have been having thin stools on and off doctor ran cbc and everything was normal im very scared about colon cancer 18yr old male no blood or pain?

Diarrhea: colon cancers are not common at the age of 18. May be this is some infectious origin or issues with digestion. Some people even have lactose intolerance. What test did your doctor ran? If there is not infection or food poisoning, then look for the cause of diarrhea due to digestion problem. ...Read more

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Had red blood, black stool 3 weeks ago for 3 days. Had hemiglobin and occult test 2 days ago and all normal. This does mean I have no colon cancer?

Had red blood,  black stool 3 weeks ago for 3 days.  Had hemiglobin and occult test 2 days ago and all normal.  This does mean I have no colon cancer?

GI consult, EGD: Limited data available as reported. Colon cancer is rare at such an young age. Bright red blood usually from lower GI tract, or hemorrhoids, fissure etc. However black stoll is concerning for upper GI bleed. Need a GI/Gastroenterology evaluation, EGD/upper endoscopy, H Pylori testing, Upper GI series etc. contact PCP for GI referral. Go to a health tap doctor for a formal consult with more details ...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 if 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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Extreme anemia, pale stool with mucus always diaherra that's thin . Pelvic pain . When passing normal stool it's hard and i bleed.. Colon cancer?

Extreme anemia, pale stool with mucus always diaherra that's thin . Pelvic pain . When passing normal stool it's hard and i bleed.. Colon cancer?

Not likely: It is very unlikely that you have colon cancer. But if you have anemia and bleed on passing stool, you must see your doctor for an evaluation. It may be as simple as taking a fiber laxative to soften the stool and taking iron supplement to correct iron deficiency. However, that can only be determined after examining you and it has to be done in person by your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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. Gerald Mandell
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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