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How do I know if I have colon cancer? Family history.

How do I know if I have colon cancer? Family history.

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

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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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?

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

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How young is too young to have colon cancer if family history at 40?

How young is too young to have colon cancer if family history at 40?

Around 30: My rule of thumb is you need a colonoscopy 10 years earlier that the youngest colon cancer patient in your family. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes, but: This is an early age group for colon cancer and further genetic tests may be indicated for your wife. Her sisters should discuss he situation with their physicians. ...Read more

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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)

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)

Not likely: Rather irritable bowel syndrome, constipation type. Make sure you stay well hydrated and have a well balanced diet. Physical exercise is also critical. If your symptom are progressing in spite of lifestyle changes talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Hypochondrasis: 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

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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?

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

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There is colon cancer in my family. What are some signs?

There is colon cancer in my family. What are some signs?

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

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What are the chances of having colon cancer in a 36 year old man with no history of colon cancer in his family?

What are the chances of having colon cancer in a 36 year old man with no history of colon cancer in his family?

Very low.: Unless you have an underlying disease loike ulcerativ colitis or a strong family history of bowel cancer or multiple polyps, your risk is very low. Get off your american diet and go with more grains, veggies and less processed foods! ...Read more

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How common is it for someone my age to have colon cancer with no family history?

How common is it for someone my age to have colon cancer with no family history?

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

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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

Not unusual. : Colon polyps recur or you grow new ones. This is why it is important to have regular colonoscopies, especially with your personal and family history. ...Read more

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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 ?

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
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Lighting strike: 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

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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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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

No cancer: the blood from your hard BM.it cuts you like a knife.when you reach fifty get a colonoscopy regardless of your family history.if bleeding increased or persisted go and see your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Colonic (Definition)

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