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Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

No: More commonly due to spasm in lower colon. However, sudden change in stool caliber, "pencil thin" stools, cramps, bleeding, nausea, weight loss need evaluation. Ongoing symptoms need evaluation. At the least, this should involve a doctor visit, perhaps other tests. ...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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Does colon cancer always make your stools bloody?

Does colon cancer always make your stools bloody?

Maybe: If having bleeding you should be checked for colon cancer or other problems that can cause bleeding. However you could have colon cancer without any visible signs of bleeding. If you are hi risk, get screened! ...Read more

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What does colon cancer make your stool look like?

What does colon cancer make your stool look like?

Grossly normal: Most patients with colon cancer have normal appearing stools. There may be some blood occasionally mixed or covering the stool, but usually this is microscopic rather than obvious. If the cancer is advanced, causing obstruction, then the stools can be narrowed, but again, this is for patients with advanced sigmoid or rectal cancers. The best way to diagnose colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal stool with colon cancer?

Is it possible to have normal stool with colon cancer?

Yes!: Most colon Cancers may not show up in or effect your stool till it is late and quite advanced(enough to narrow or block the lumen of the colon. If there is sufficient risk of colon cancer, then Colonoscopy is the best way to check for Colon Cancer provided the person is 50 years or older( this is the age to begin screening for Colon cancer in an asymptomatic person). ...Read more

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Can holding your stool in cause colon cancer when you are 50?

Can holding your stool in cause colon cancer when you are 50?

No!: But it's not a good idea! when your body sends you the signal that is time to move her bowels, you should listen. It's really pretty smart. Obviously, one cannot always get to a bathroom when we get that signal. But if you do, go move your bowels. Your colon, rectum, and especially the hemorrhoidal veins will thank you (prevent hemorrhoids!) good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I am 18 , ive been told if u have thin stools , its sign of colon cancer. should I worry .?

Should be checked: Thin stools can be a sign of rectal, not colon cancer. "Pencil" stools are caused by the cancer in the distal rectum or anus causing a severe narrowing which allows only a thin stool to pass. If the thin stools continue, you should see you're PCP and may need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Iam afraid of colon cancer. I have been having thin stools... Sometimes they are flat... Omg... Please help?

Iam afraid of colon cancer. I have been having thin stools... Sometimes they are flat... Omg... Please help?

Cancer worry: There are many conditions that can cause thin stools that are not cancer. You need to call your doctor for a check up to find out the diagnosis of your condition. A examination is necessary. ...Read more

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If a colon cancer is in advanced stage , it makes the stools thin every day? Because I had thin stool 2 weeks ago, then normal and today again. Help?

If a colon cancer is in advanced stage , it makes the stools thin every day? Because I had thin stool 2 weeks ago, then normal and today again. Help?

Whoa: Forgive me for this. You list yourself as having colon cancer. This will only narrow the caliber of your stool if it's still present. Are you inoperable? Is this a self-diagnosis unconfirmed by a competent physician? The bottom line is that we can't answer your question without more clinical information, and ultimately you need to find a physician whom you trust, cancer or no. ...Read more

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If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

May be normal: The reservoir of the large bowel is transverse colon and not rectum. One may not be fully emptying that site if having normal BM. The final solution is in colonoscopy where if nothing seen on complete scoping, this would rule out Ca. If such occurs the symptoms may be arising in small bowel and at that point TCT of abdomen would be helpful ...Read more

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Is green stool a sign of colon cancer?

Is green stool a sign of colon cancer?

Not specifically: Bowel movement color is not a factor to watch for colon cancer unless you see blood. See a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Is foul smelling stool from colon cancer?

Is foul smelling stool from colon cancer?

Probably not, but...: There can be many reasons for changes in the odor of stool. Diet and medications are just a few. If there is a change that seems to persist for longer than a week or two, see your doctor for a discussion. ...Read more

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Black and red dots in stool. Could it be colon cancer?

Black and red dots in stool. Could it be colon cancer?

See a doctor: Without seeing what you are describing it is very hard to know what you have. Diet is the most common cause for the color of bowel movements. Any changes in the bowel function or bowel habits should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

For how long?: Anybody can pass a thin one from time to time. If this persists for more than a few days, go in and get a rectal from your physician. It's more worrisome to have the caliber decreasing gradually over time. ...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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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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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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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


Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more