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Colon Cancer And Headaches
Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy (external bag) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more
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
Can constipation cause a fever/headache? I had some red brite spots in stool the other day, today it's gone. Should I worry about colon cancer?
Having persistent neck pain and headache for 6 months now. Negative results of brain & cervical mri and emg ncv. Possibility of colon cancer?
Unrelated: Metastasis from colon cancer would have shown up on the MRI. I would ask your doctor if you have muscular neck pain that is also felt in the muscles of the head or if you have a chronic headache that seems to radiate down into the neck. You cannot have both. The two are treated differently. ...Read more
4xday diarhea, fever, headache -food poisoning, IBS or colon cancer? I was diagnosed with IBS and had all of the symptoms yesterday. Feeling good today
What's the question?: If you stay feeling better than this was some transient illness from which you have recovered. If not, then you may well have ibs, but not having access to your medical records and not having examined you makes it impossible to diagnose. Ibs may have intermittent symptomatic expression. ...Read more
Not enough info:
Colon cancer can present with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include change in stool caliber/consistency, rectal bleeding or blood with bm, abdominal pain, anemia.
If you have not been screened, you should consider the various screening options for colon cancer, includine a stool test to check for blood, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If you are having bleeding, you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more
Get tested: There are many tests that have been developed to test either a patient with concerning symptoms or just as a routine screening exam in an a symptomatic patient. Each individual situation is different. Testing stool for blood or now genetic abnormalities, rectal exam, X-rays such as barium enema or ct scan virtual colonoscopy are examples. Best is colonoscopy as you can both look and do. ...Read more
Multiple factors: Age over 50, chronic intestinal diseases, polyps, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and filly history of cancer can all increase your risk. Majority occur due to acquired defects in cells lining the intestines from a combination of one or more factors. Small minority are hereditary. ...Read more
1 through 4: The stage of colon cancer is based upon the depth of penetration of the cancer thru the colon wall, the presence or absence of lymph node involvement, and the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body (metastatic disease). The stage is associated with prognosis and guides our recommendations regarding chemotherapy. ...Read more
Cancer: Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon). Surgery is generally required to remove the portion of colon involved with cancer. Colonoscopy is performed to prevent colon cancer. Polyps, small growths, , which can turn into cancer, are removed during a colonoscopy so they don't turn into a cancer. ...Read more
Colon Cancer: Possible Sx's /Signs of colon cancer: Blood in stool, change in feces (loose stool/ constipation/ etc.), abdominal pain, cramps, gas, weight loss, weakness, incomplete evacuation of bowel. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/basics/symptoms/con-20031877 ...Read more
Depends: Colon cancer sometimes presents with symptoms, but often has no symptoms until later. This is why getting regular screening colonoscopies is recommended. If symptoms are present they can include blood in the stool, weight loss, change in caliber of the stool. Abdominal pain is less common. Since this cancer grows from a small polyp into cancer slowly, be proactive & get regular colonoscopies! ...Read more
Depend of location: Women and men are equally affected by colon cancer. The symptoms depend of the localization of the tumor in the right or the left colon. Family history is important. The right colon cancer can grows without symptoms, it presents with asthenia, weakness and when checked anemia will be present, in the left side cancer presents with progressive const. Ipation. Colonoscopy at 50 y.O find curable cancer. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: Over the age of 40 xolonoscopy every 5 yers is a good idea becuase colon cancer can be detected early and cured. Idead is to pick up polypoid lesion that has not invaded into muscularis. Other than for that the diagnosis in an asymptomatic patient is diffieucult. A new test is being developed to measure shed antigen into the stool. This occurs in the earliest lesion where no markers in blood. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Colon cancer typically starts after the age of 50, although due to obesity and other factors there is been a trend of increasing incidence in the younger groups. Even so, colon cancer is very unlikely at ages younger than 40. Even if one has the classical familial polyposis which is at a higher risk for colon cancer, the average age is still 39. ...Read more
Varies per person.: Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include: a change in bowel habits (including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of stool), rectal bleeding or blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort (like cramps, gas or pain), a feeling that bowels do not empty completely, weakness / fatigue, and unexplained weight loss. Many people with early colon cancer experience no symptoms. ...Read more
Mucosal lesion of bo: colon cancer is a growth arising in the mucosa of the bowel which progresses to invade the bowel wall reaching the ourter serosa and then metastasizing to regional nodes before distatnt metastasis. It develops in a field of normal looking but transformed mucosal cells initiated by the polyoma virus. As it grows it tends to bleed and eventually obstruct the bowel. ...Read more
They can vary.: In older patients, physicians presume that "rectal bleeding is colon cancer until proven otherwise". Worrisome signs can include pain, diarrhea, constipation, blockage of the intestine, weakness, fatigue, weight loss, and even an enlarging lump that can be felt under the skin. These signs don't necessarily mean that one has colon cancer. The goal is to find colon cancer before any signs appear. ...Read more
Some colon cancers:
Are hereditary. Vast majority are not. The two common hereditary forms of colon cancer are familial adneomatous polys and lynch syndrome. Let me reiterate that hereditary colon cancers are a minority. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mskcc. Org/cancer-care/hereditary-genetics/inherited-risk-colorectal. ...Read more
Anywhere in the: Abdomen depending on the size and invasion of the cancer, and the other organs it can affect. By the time colon cancer causes pain, it is way too advanced for a cure. That is why you need to have tests such as fecal occult blood and colonsocpy for early diagnosis while the cancer is curable. ...Read more