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Colon cancer. Do you always have to have blood seen in your stools?

Colon cancer. Do you always have to have blood seen in your stools?

No: However, blood in stool should definitely be a flag. That is why colonoscopy is being recommenced as a screening tool....To find cancer before they cause obstruction or bleed enough to be detected. Screening criteria are always changing with the research. Your doctor will guide you. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Can anybody please explain to me why colon cancer so rare at 22? Even if I seen bright blood on stool? More than one doctor please chime in and help me understand what percentage of cases of colon cancer are there by age group

Can anybody please explain to me why colon cancer so rare at 22? Even if I seen bright blood on stool? More than one doctor please chime in and help me understand what percentage of cases of colon cancer are there by age group

Here is the data: From 2005-2009, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the colon and rectum was 69 years of age3. Approximately 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20; 1.1% between 20 and 34; 4.0% between 35 and 44; 13.4% between 45 and 54; 20.4% between 55 and 64; 24.0% between 65 and 74; 25.0% between 75 and 84; and 12.0% 85+ years of age. See your doctor cancer is not the only cause of rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Bleeding is not: One of staging criteria for colon cancer. Blood in stool is a relatively advanced sign of colon cancer, as is pain. You need a colonoscopy for early diagnosis of colon cancer. ...Read more

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I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

No, that is just one: Possiblity. Most likely is hemorroids, then infections, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, angiodysplasia. But you are right, the most deadly is cancer, so have it checked out. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?

What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?

No: Most common cause of bleeding with stool is hemorrhoids. One cannot really tell the cause of bleeding by history alone and people with recurrent bleeding need to have colonoscopy to ensure they do not have any cancer. ...Read more

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No history of colon cancer in fam. This morning my stool was hard coming out saw a drop of blood on stool. Should I worry?

No history of colon cancer in fam. This morning my stool was hard coming out saw a drop of blood on stool. Should I worry?

No: One drop of blood in a hard and difficult to pass stool is normal - if it recurs, have it checked out. Increasing fiber in your diet and fluids may help. Try to have more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. They will make the stool softer, providing you have adequate fluids. Best of health to you ...Read more

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What is the survivability rate of colon cancer is a 28 year old male very good or very bad and is blood in the stool always common or not?

What is the survivability rate of colon cancer is a 28 year old male very good or very bad and is blood in the stool always common or not?

You have a confusing: ..Mixture of questions. 1. Survival rate depends on the stage, the lower the better. 2. At 28, colon cancer is rare but possible. Younger patients handle treatment better but stage is more important for survival. 3. Blood in stool is neither common nor normal. Needs to be evaluated. Try asking one question at a time please. ...Read more

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Im 22 and sometimes I see fresh bright blood on top of stool how likely is it colon cancer?

Im 22 and sometimes I see fresh bright blood on top of stool how likely is it colon cancer?

Not likely: At your age it would be very unusual to be colon cancer. If the blood is bright red and on the tip or the end of the stool or on the paper it is likely to be hemorrhoids. I wouldn't worry too much. You can use hemorrhoid cream and make sure the stools are soft and that should resolve. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer usually cause bright red blood in your stool or is the blood darker in color?

Usually occult...: It is usually not "red"-ily visible until late in the disease. Then it can be dark or bright, depending on rate of loss and location of leakage, as tends to darken with more time in GI tract. Also may be associated with narrowed caliber of stool. If concerned, see dr for fecal blood testing & if positive, referral for colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Today i found some really small dots of blood in my stool so i'm really worried. Is it colon cancer?

Today i found some really small dots of blood in my stool so i'm really worried. Is it colon cancer?

Need to be checked: Any blood in the stool is cause for concern and should prompt your seeing a physician soon. Hopefully, it is simply a bleeding hemorrhoid, fissure or other benign cause but malignancy must be ruled out. A proctoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy might be performed as an office procedure but if negative, a full colonoscopy must be performed to be sure there is not a colon polyp or cancer. ...Read more

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What happens if I have tested negative for blood in my stool, does it mean I cannot have colon cancer?

What happens if I have tested negative for blood in my stool, does it mean I cannot have colon cancer?

No true correlation: Stool guaiac to define blood in stool of little value since many tumors do not bleed especially those on the rt. side where bowel content is mostly liquid and will not extract blood from a tumor. In addition internal hemorrhoids can bleed and as such no correlation to malignancy. Colonoscopy every 5 yrs looking for bowel lesions is the most effective screening test at the present time. ...Read more

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I saw blood in my stool and i'm completely freaked out. What could it mean? There is colon cancer in the family.

I saw blood in my stool and i'm completely freaked out. What could it mean? There is colon cancer in the family.

Probably: Just hemorrhoids, but with a family history, all bleeding needs to be properly evaluated, and you probably need a colonoscopy. Do not be freaked out as it does nothing to change your diagnosis, but you at least need a diagnosis. Remember, if caught early by colonoscopy, survival is excellent. See a GI doctor or colon and rectal surgeon soon! ...Read more

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If you had colon cancer would blood be in your stool all or most of the time? I've had blood in my stool like 2 times in the last year, nothing else.

If you had colon cancer would blood be in your stool all or most of the time? I've had blood in my stool like 2 times in the last year, nothing else.

Not necessarily: Blood in the stool may be as benign as a fissure, hemorrhoids or it could be some form of colitis or even colon cancer. The best way to determine is to see a gastroenterologist for thorough exam, possibly a colonoscopy. ...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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How fast does colon cancer spread? I have experienced blood in my stool, when I wipe, for the past year and a half. It happens once or twice about eve

Unpredictable : colon cancer can spread quickly to the whole body or, most of the times, takes time to spread around. Also, people are diagnosed at different stages of the disease and it is hard to predict when it actually started. It is best diagnosed by a colonoscopy and biopsy of any suspicious mass. ...Read more

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I had a hard stool saw blood in bowl. Hour later went again it was soft saw,nothing. Why does this happen? 42 yr old male no history Colon cancer in f

I had a hard stool saw blood in bowl. Hour later went again it was soft saw,nothing. Why does this happen? 42 yr old male no history Colon cancer in f

Get a check up: Blood in your stools can be a serious problem but it isn't always. It could be due to such things as ulcers, colitis, or cancer. So to be on the safe side you should get a complete check up as soon as possible at a medical clinic or office near you. A complete history and physical is needed for a start and than some tests may be ordered. ...Read more

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Worried at 41 have colon cancer cause of streak of blood on stool only when I squeeze and not everyday. Dr. Checked anus said I was inflamed in my anu?

Worried at 41 have colon cancer cause of streak of blood on stool only when I squeeze and not everyday. Dr. Checked anus said I was inflamed in my anu?

Family history?: Hard stool may cause streaking with blood. Take fiber laxative and drink plenty of water to avoid hard stools. Unless a close relative of yours had colon cancer before the age of 50, I would not be too concerned about colon cancer. When you turn 50 that would be time to get a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What are my odds of colon cancer at age 22 I have no family history but I do occassionally see bright blood on stool?

What are my odds of colon cancer at age 22 I have no family history but I do occassionally see bright blood on stool?

Very, very low: More than 90% of colon cancers are diagnosed in patients above 50 years old. People less than 30 yrs of age in the us have about 0.06% chance of developing colon cancer over 10 years and < 1% chance over next 30 years of their lives. The incidence in younger (< 50) persons has actually increased slightly over the last decade. Blood in the stool could be due to benign causes - if in doubt, see md. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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