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Does colon cancer cause painful bowel movements?

Does colon cancer cause painful bowel movements?

Can if: It is a rectal cancer usually. Actual colon cancers may cause a change in your bowel movement with no pain unless the pain is from constipation or diarrhea due to the tumor. But rectal cancers or anal cancers can indeed cause pain during and after the evacuation. ...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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Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: There are many causes or irregular bowels. Dietary fiber, water being the most common. However, irregular ar bowels can be caused by inflammatory, infectios, or neoplastic causes (cancer). If it persists, see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you still have normal bowel movements abd have colon cancer?

Can you still have normal bowel movements abd have colon cancer?

Yes: Most patients with colon cancer will either have no symptoms or will have blood in the stool. Colonoscopy is an effective screening tool because it finds early colon cancer (and precancerous lesions) in patients with no symptoms. ...Read more

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This morning i had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

This morning i had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

Not a specific sign: But any change in bowel habits is a warning sign. Have your doctor check your stool for occult blood. If that is positive, you need to have a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Do i have colon cancer if i have pain on my front right side and back side and change in bowel movement?

Do i have colon cancer if i have pain on my front right side and back side and change in bowel movement?

Many causes: Cancer is one but lower on the list with your age (20). See your doctor who will start the workup and refer you if needed. ...Read more

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Blood after a bowel movements - how likely is colon cancer?

Cannot tell: Without an examination with your doctor. Tumors, polyps, cancer, hemorrhoids? See a doctor. ...Read more

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Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

It depends : If blood in the stool is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common. If the blood or stool is darker (black) and has a 'tar-like' appearance, it is more indicative of a bleed in the upper areas of the GI tract. This is more significant and needs more prompt evaluation and treatment. Seek evaluation by a qualified professional asap to differentiat. ...Read more

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What type of bowel movements should be expected with a stent put in for colon cancer ?

What type of bowel movements should be expected with a stent put in for colon cancer ?

Depends on location: If the obstruction being treated if up in the colon and successfully opens up the blockage, the bowel movements may be normal. If the stent is in the rectum, close to the anus, the stools will likely be more thin than normal. ...Read more

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Im 18 and i have been under alot of stress latley and i have had a change in bowel movements that is my only symptom do i have colon cancer?

Im 18 and i have been under alot of stress latley and i have had a change in bowel movements that is my only symptom do i have colon cancer?

Very unlikely at 18: Start with increasing fiber intake: fruits, vegetables, dried beans, bran cereals. Drink plenty of water 6-8 cups a day, and consider a daily walk or other exercise program. You maybe able to normalize your bowel movements. Otherwise you will want to discuss this problem with your doctor who can perform a detailed history and physical. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is blood on toilet paper after a bowel movement a common sign of colon cancer?

Is blood on toilet paper after a bowel movement a common sign of colon cancer?

Not necessarily: Red blood on the toilet is not uncommon occasionally and can be caused by things such as a tiny anal erosion or fissure(especially with constipation) it can also be from a hemorrhoid. Blood mixed with stool or dark stool can be from bleeding farther inside the colon and should be investigated. Screening colonoscopy is recommended once you've reached 50 even with no symptoms. ...Read more

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Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Call your Dr now: Hopefully this is transient, but the description provided is concerning for bowel obstruciton which can in turn lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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Does having rather large bowel movements (ever since I was a teenager) make me more prone to colon cancer by stretching my colon or something?

Does having rather large bowel movements (ever since I was a teenager) make me more prone to colon cancer by stretching my colon or something?

NO: Your family history is a major factor but NOT your colon size! Colon Cancer is a PREVENTABLE disease. Your Primary Care Provider will tell you when to begin appropriate screening tests! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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For the passed few days after I have a bowel movement I have a speck of bright red blood on the toilet paper. It is very tiny. Colon cancer ?

For the passed few days after I have a bowel movement I have a speck of bright red blood on the toilet paper.  It is very tiny.  Colon cancer ?

Bleeding hemorrhoids: Bright red blood on the stool is usually due to bleeding internal hemorrhoids, especially in a young adult. It's more apt to happen if you're constipated and it's more apt to be intermittent. For more information on diagnosis and treatment see: > http://wb.md/1Jj80zo ...Read more

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1 week ago, I had change in bowel movement(looser stools, still continuing) and pain in left abdomen(not severe, improves). Is it colon cancer?19years

1 week ago, I had change in bowel movement(looser stools, still continuing) and pain in left abdomen(not severe, improves). Is it colon cancer?19years

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you have colon cancer. If loose stools persist for more than a week, it would be prudent to see your doctor. 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. ...Read more

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Family history of colon cancer have had two small bowel movements while sleeping what could be causing this ?

Family history of colon cancer have had two small bowel movements while sleeping what could be causing this ?

Incontinence: Bowel incontinence is not a specific sign of cancer. Needs a physical exinatuon with a doctor. Weakened sphincter muscles can come from trauma or prior pregnancy with episiotomy. Also could be rectocele & could also consider seeing a gynecologist for an examination. ...Read more

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Im 22 and today after a bowel movement I saw black or maybe dark green lleafy objects in my stool its colon cancer?

Im 22 and today after a bowel movement I saw black or maybe dark green lleafy objects in my stool its colon cancer?

Is it colon cancer?: Colon cancer is diagnosed under a microscope by a pathologist looking at a piece of your colon. That piece is collected during colonoscopy, where the inside of your colon is visualized, any polyps, or masses are biopsied and sent to path. Your age is low risk. Your dark, tarry stool, is a symptom. If persists, take a sample to your doc, test it for blood, if positive, doc will order colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Im 22 and after a bowel movement I have anal itching with leakage what is the chance its colon cancer?

Im 22 and after a bowel movement I have anal itching with leakage what is the chance its colon cancer?

Not likely: Anal leakage and itching are not common signs of colon cancer, especially for someone your age. However, these are uncomfortable and concerning symptoms and should be checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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Im 22 with minor anal leakage after bowel movement with anal itching is anal leakage sign of colon cancer?

Im 22 with minor anal leakage after bowel movement with anal itching is anal leakage sign of colon cancer?

Doubtful: Although rectal/anal cancer can have some leakage issues, it's unlikely at your age. More common would be hemorrhoids causing leakage. Either way, you should see your physician. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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