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Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Sometimes yes: Consult your doctor about your risks of cancer. Only way to know for sure is to get colonoscopy. ...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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What are the earliest symptoms of bowel cancer?

What are the earliest symptoms of bowel cancer?

None: Early colon (bowel) cancer will have no symptoms. Microscopic invisible blood in the bowel movements can be tested for with a doctor's visit. Colonoscopy can find early colon cancers. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs/symptoms of lower bowel/rectal cancer?

I was wondering what are the signs/symptoms of lower bowel/rectal cancer?

See below: Often there are no symptoms in early stages. Signs and symptoms include bleeding, change in bowel habits, occult blood in stool, abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction, anemia and if metastases develop, jaundice and abdominal swelling. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rectal-cancer/basics/definition/con-20036554. ...Read more

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I think i may have bowel cancer, what are some of the symptoms that would be expected?

I think i may have bowel cancer, what are some of the symptoms that would be expected?

Varies: Most patients have not symptoms in early stages. Symptoms depends on size and location of the cancer. Symptoms may be: a change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation or a change in the consistency of stool), rectal bleeding or blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas or pain), a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying, weakness or fatigue, or unexplained weight loss. ...Read more

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What are the big warning signs for bowel cancer? And are there and additional symptoms some May experience?

What are the big warning signs for bowel cancer? And are there and additional symptoms some May experience?

Rectal bleeding: is the most common sign of bowel cancer. Changes in bowel habits - constipation/diarrhea usually aren't. If you are asking this question for yourself and you have no family history of bowel cancer, you are at extremely low risk of bowel cancer at your age. You may want to visit your GP for a checkup. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can bowel cancer symptoms come and go?

Can bowel cancer symptoms come and go?

Yes, bleeding: Cramps, pain is intermittent at first. But these are advanced symptoms. For early diagnosis of colon cancer, you need to have colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Colon cancer symptom: Typical symptoms/signs from a local colon cancer include bleeding or back stool from bowel, abdominal pain, unexplained iron deficiency anemia, and/or a change in bowel habits. If abdominal distention, and/or nausea and vomiting occur, this may indicate a bowel obstruction or pending obstruction. ...Read more

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Can feacal loading be a symptom of bowel cancer?

Can feacal loading be a symptom of bowel cancer?

Unclear question: What is fecal loading? It is not generally used medical term? 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

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Help please! is bleeding bowels a symptom of bowel cancer ?

Help please! is bleeding bowels a symptom of bowel cancer ?

Could be: Bleeding could be bright red or stools could be black, depending on site of bleeding. Rectal bleeding is abnormal. It should be investigated. At your age, colon cancer is unlikely unless you have ulcerative colitis or familial polyposis, but you should have it checked out, because there are other causes, some of them serious, that can cause rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bowel?

What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bowel?

All the ax of ovaria: n plus possible signs of bowel obstruction as the cancer as it wraps itself around the bowel. Also, possibly malabsorption syndromes secondary to the lack of functionality of the bowel. Also, vomiting, secondary to obstruction. ...Read more

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How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

Varies: Some small bowel cancers, e.g., lymphomas may cause obstruction when the size approaches the lumen diameter; others like neuroendocrine tumors are usually slow growing may cause symptoms only on producing metastases. In general tumors spend about half their life before those become clinically manifest, therefore most cancers are there for years before being detected. ...Read more

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"mild bowel wall thickening involve sigmoidcolon might reflect relative underdistention. less likely inflammation". is cancer? no real gastro symptoms

"mild bowel wall thickening involve sigmoidcolon might reflect relative underdistention. less likely inflammation". is cancer? no real gastro symptoms

Typical scenario: Since we don't do any kind of bowel prep any more for routine CT scans, this kind of scenario is common. If the radiologist thinks the bowel looks a little too think, they will likely put in a statement like that as a hedge against potential pathology (and lawsuit). The thing is, could it be cancer? Yes, but the likelihood is low. If it was me, I would ignore it unless you develop symptoms. ...Read more

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After having surgery for colon cancer, how do I best handle short bowel syndrome symptoms?

After having surgery for colon cancer, how do I best handle short bowel syndrome symptoms?

Please clarify: Short bowel syndrome results from removal of a significant portion of the small intestine, which is responsible for nutrient absorption. Symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. The colon is responsible for water absorption, therefore, removal of a large portion of the colon may increase the frequency of bowel movements, but will not cause profound nutritional deficiencies. ...Read more

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Hepatic flexture area is swollen and some times pain. Sompraz L is giving relief. From past few days bowel habits are changed. Is it cancer symptom?

Hepatic flexture area is swollen and some times pain. Sompraz L is giving relief. From past few days bowel habits are changed. Is it cancer symptom?

Possibly: Swelling of hepatic flexure is a dx made on CAT scan. Were symptoms of nausea and vomiting the cause of using Sompraz.? The swelling can be due to tumor to be defined on conoscopy but could also be due to an inflammatory process taking place as well as vascular compromise leading to the swelling and need for meds Endoscopy and bx needed. ...Read more

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My bowel cancer missed symptoms since januaury had colonoscopy think they missed it loss in more weight notably muscle including burning sensation in?

My bowel cancer missed symptoms since januaury  had colonoscopy think they missed it loss in more weight notably muscle including burning sensation in?

Need treatments: Colonoscopy will show only colon tumors not bowel cancers, small bowel cancers are less common , difficult to diagnose , most of the time not diagnosed in early stages , from what you are telling , your problem appear to be nutritional need to take more calories , seek the advise of your treatment team, . ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more