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Colon Cancer Stool Shape
My dad (50 years old) has had changes in his stool shape. What are the chances of changes in stool shape being colon cancer?
Possible: The clinical indications of a tumor growing in the distal bowel or simoid/rectosigmoid region is the appearance of blood, or narrowing of stool. Since the terminal large bowel functions to completely remove water from the GI tract, the initial site being cecum/rt. Colon, if a tumor is obstructing lumen, the stool becomes narrowed. One requires colonoscopy to confirm source of problem. ...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
I had polyuria now chronic prostatitis and now my stool has a shape to it is it due to large prostate or maybe had colon cancer all along? I'm 26
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
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
Not always: You don't want to bet your life on this. ...Read more
Not gold standard: It's a pretty good screen but if you're having symptoms, you need to get 'scoped. ...Read more
Here are few thought:
Colon Cancer is often a silent disease in its early stages. That is why a colonoscopy examination is advised at the age of 50 years.
Some people will present with rectal bleeding (Blood in the stools). Abdominal pain and anemia related symptoms (fatigue) can also be a signal of colon cancer. Stool tests (2 of them) are also available through your PCP. ...Read more