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Colon Cancer Family
Get a colonoscopy: The most accurate diagnostic tool available to answer your question is a colonoscope. If you are at risk, have alarm signs or symptoms, or have reached an age appropriate for screening then call your gastroenterologist & book your exam. You can also identify colon cancer with a specific stool test. X-rays will identify mass lesions, but may miss flat lesions, & do not permit taking of a biopsy. ...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
Scared have colon cancer family history 60+. Yellow brown stool occasional gas. Left side back pain. Min. if not any stomach pain. Started 2 weeks ago?
Try not to worry: The symptoms you describe are not consistent with colon cancer. My recommendation is for you to develop a plan with your primary care doctor for screening for colon cancer. Based on current guidelines in a patient with your positive family history, I recommend having a screening colonoscopy at age 40, or possibly 35. However, if you have blood in your stools, you should have colonoscopy. B well ...Read more
Genetics: Genetic trasmisionin in the family.Get a more detailed answer ›
My 30 yr old wife has colon cancer and has sisters, do they need to begin any screening procedures given there's no history for colon cancer in family?
I had a colonoscopy 3 years ago.(Colon cancer in family)Everything was good.Today,I pooped & wiped blood.Then passed gas with blood. Should I go 2 Dr?
Yes: You should see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
I am having difficulty in passing stool which is not hard. takes long time and sometimes obstructed Does it indicates colon cancer?no family history)
Im 34 female.had ibs history from 5 yrs.3 months now extreme gaziness upper and lower abdo pain.constipated almost of time.no colon cancer in family?
Gaziness: I do not understand gaziness. Please translate. ...Read more
Is 1/2 a penny size of mucus in stools 3x/wk and loose stools 1x/week a cause for concern? Could it be colon cancer? No family history.
Here are some...: Seeing various amount of mucus coated on stool is common and not clinically significant as long as having no blood, moving bowel regularly, and living a healthy active vibrant life. More? Ask Doc timely. If still in doubt, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more
Dr. Says I have inflammation in anus that's why see streak of blood in stool. 41 still worried colon cancer no family history of it though. Do I worry?
Get examined: You won't be able to calm down until you've got a colonoscopy. Go for it. A streak of blood in the stool is almost always from having passed a hard stool and getting a small tear, rather than from colon cancer. On the other hand, your concern is indication enough for a real exam. ...Read more
1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?
I feel your distress about having Colon cancer.
Relax about “No family history. Cancer or IBS”
Feel good about lack of abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea alternating with constipation, or severe constipation.
Do not be victim of severe health anxiety, Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for anxiety due to stresses; coping skills and
medication. ...Read more
Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family.Help?
Constipation: First, constipation by itself is not a specific sign of colon cancer & colon cancer is very unlikely at age 21. Drink more water. Eat much less solid food until the constipation resolves. Can try suppository or enema too. Try stronger laxative like magnesium citrate. Avoid this problem by eating right, avoid junk food & excess alcohol, eat more fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. See your doctor. ...Read more
Change in bowel habi:
Most common and early sign is change in bowel habit and abdominal discofort.And blood in the stool
early cases no symptoms
with serong family history colonoscopy recommended at age 40 or 10 years before the age immediate family member was diagnosed if known, if normal repeat every5 years. ...Read more
What are the chances of having colon cancer in a 36 year old man with no history of colon cancer in his family?
There is no history of colon cancer in my family. I'm 68 and have had a colonoscioy every 5 years since the e age of 50. Must i continue this.
No: If study negative every 10 years would be safe. If polyps, more often. ...Read more
Colon cancer : Shouldn't be an issue. If you have any problems pleas see your doctor. ...Read more
Not common but could:
While colon cancer is not common in your age group, it is possible, even with no known family history. Only 30% of colon cancer is hereditary, and often families don't know about or are confused about their family history.
If you have symptoms, such as rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, or weight loss, you should be evaluated by your physician. He/she can decide if you need further workup. ...Read more
2 yrs. After a colonoscopy i had another and they found a large polyp in the colon is that unusual? I have colon cancer in my family is that a concern
I'm 22 what are the odds I have colon cancer with no family history or heridatry chances of getting it. Ithink about having it everyday it bothers me
You are also at risk of being struck by lightening. Does that bother you? If there is no family history of early colon cancer, you are not at risk of colon cancer at your age. When you turn 50, get a screening colonoscopy.
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
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
I have a friend that needs some help with what to ask a dr about or what to look for abdominal pains, lower bk pain, slight buldge in abdominal area, shooting pains up rectum, diarrehia, low immunity, colon cancer runs in family, currently has IBS and has
Too complex: Your friend needs a comprehensive evaluation way beyond the scope of this site. ...Read more
28 yo. Colon cancer fear. No family hist. Ibs diagnosis. Have had tiny specks of blood on tp. Doc said hemmroids. Negative occult test. do you agree?
Too young for it!: Colon care is uncommon under the age of 50 years, so you should not live under this fear when you are so young. The fact that your doctor has checked you and found hemorrhoids as the cause of your questionable bleeding. Once you get to the age of 45-50 years. screening with Colonoscopy would be the best security to avoid any fear of this Cancer which is easily detectable and preventable. ...Read more
20 male, colon cancer runs in family,dad had polyps since 11. i have huge pressure and aching cramp in butt after poop or random. narrow stool, blood?
Familial polyposis: If early onset polyps you are at risk for familial polyposis also and should be screened soon. Your symptoms could be tied to polyps or something worse, especially if you observe blood in the stool. Get screened! ...Read more
Its necessary to have a colonoscopy when you are of the age of 50, Should one get one sooner if Colon cancer is in the family? What age
Reason &indication: Yes, in asymptomatic general population surveillance colonoscopy done at age of 50 the common age for colon cancer If you have symptoms , including genetic predisposition above rule does not apply , done at any age. Age is no exception to cancer Do not get panicky Speak to your doctor and go for preliminary simple investigations first, before under taking complex tests. ...Read more
How likely would it be for an 18 year old to have colon cancer? (No cancer in family) I simply want to know the chances of colon cancer at my age.
Colon cancer is in my family, mom and aunt had it, what age must i start going for tests? Im 32 now
Good time is now: How frequently thereafter decide with the help of your gastroenterologist ...Read more
Yest I ate pepporoni and today when I moved my bowels I saw a red streak. Nervous it's colon cancer. Am 41 no family history.
If there were: red objects in the pepperoni, red streak in stool might come from it. Have your doctor test your stool for occult blood just to be sure. ...Read more
Yest I moved my bowels it was hard and today when I moved them also a little hard and saw blood streaks worried colon cancer am 41 no family history.
Bright, red blood from anus...Constipation? I'm only twenty, but colon problems are known in my family (colon cancer, polyps). Should i go to gi, or?
Bleeding, pain: Intl hemorrhoids can give u bleeding with a bowel movement, blood on the toilet paper or in the bowl. Other things that could cause bleeding are best evaluated with colonoscopy. Usually you would get this at 50 years old. But if there is a strong history of colon ca in the family you should get a scope 10 years before the age at which the youngest realtive got ca. Get one now if bleeding. ...Read more
My doctor warned me of doing colonscopy as it would rupture my large intestine accidently
Colon cancer is in the family and i want to check myself?
Can , but rare: At 26 to have a colonoscopy there are specific indications you don't have any symptoms , surveillance colonoscopy is done after the age of 40 .Is a relatively safe procedure must be done by a trained physician Yes older members of your family are candidates for procedure ...Read more