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How can you distinguish between the symptoms of colon cancer and ovarian cancer?

How can you distinguish between the symptoms of colon cancer and ovarian cancer?

Occasionally similar: Colon cancer usually presents with signs of rectal bleeding or from a systemic view, abdominal distention secondary to bowel obstruction. Ovarian cancer most often shows up at the time of metastasis when ascites associated with abdominal distention but secondary to the accumulation of fluid in the periotoneal cavity. An abdominal CAT scan will readily show the difference between the two. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Are people who have had ovarian cancer more likely to get colon cancer?

Are people who have had ovarian cancer more likely to get colon cancer?

Yes: There is an association between colon and ovarian cancer, so if you have had one then your surveillance for the other should be increased. ...Read more

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Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Yes/No: For early detection of Cancer, there are well-defined screening guidelines which your primary care physician can share with you and guide you. For Colon cancer CT scan is not a good screening test. Instead, Colonoscopy is the best test, but it is to be done> 40 years of age unless you have any symptoms like rectal bleeding or abdominal pain. The Best thing you can do is to have an annual Physical exam. ...Read more

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How quickly do colon cancer symptoms occur? Would you expect to see 2/3 symptoms with a few weeks. Thank you

Colon cancer symptom: Symptoms are very late sigh of colon cancer. But need more detail on what you call symptoms. Blood in stool? Tarry stool? Obstructed GI signs. Don't wait for symptoms to Dx colon cancer. With Hx of testicular Ca I would be more worried about this. Discuss with Dr. Now. ...Read more

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What are typical colon cancer symptoms that most patients have? Do all cancer patients have swollen, painful lymph nodes?

What are typical colon cancer symptoms that most patients have? Do all cancer patients have swollen, painful lymph nodes?

Here are some ...: Does this question pertain to you? If yes, it is much less likely happening to one at 20. The common symptoms related with colon cancer are changed habit of BM without traceable foods indigestion, bloody in or on stool, but most patients would not have any symptoms at all in its early stage. Besides, it related LN enlargement presents in mesentery, not outside. More? Ask doctors timely. ...Read more

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I'm only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?

I'm only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?

No: Lack of appetite is not a usual symptom of colon cancer. Unless you have strong family history of colon cancer occurring at a young age, you are too young to worry about it. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have to poop 2-3 times in one day but sometimes I won't go for 2 days I also get strong urge to go are the colon cancer symptoms I'm 20?

Sometimes I have to poop 2-3 times in one day but sometimes I won't go for 2 days I also get strong urge to go are the colon cancer symptoms I'm 20?

No.: Unless a LOT of people in your family have colon cancer below age 50. There are genetic diseases that give colon cancer at a young age. If you don't have that in your family and you would know, then colon cancer is exceedingly rare below age 50. Irritable bowel however is quite common. ...Read more

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If I have stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms, how can I tell?

If I have stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms, how can I tell?

Depends: Early colon cancer has no symptoms. Later can develop rectal bleeding, change in bowel function with smaller loose bowel movements, and later even colon bowel blockage. Indigestion is not a common symptom of colon cancer. See a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What are common ovarian cancer symptoms?

What are common ovarian cancer symptoms?

Variable: Abdominal distension, abdominal pain and bloating are the most common symptoms. ...Read more

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How come ovarian cancer symptoms present like GI problems?

How come ovarian cancer symptoms present like GI problems?

See below: There is probably not a good answer. Ovarian cancer does not have specific symptoms and causes vague abdominal symptoms that are similar to GI symptoms. See this site for more info about ovarian cancer.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001891/. ...Read more

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What are ovarian cancer symptoms?

What are ovarian cancer symptoms?

None at first: Sadly, there is no screening for ovarian cancer and by the time it causes symptoms, it is often advanced. Abdominal swelling, pain, intestinal obstruction, or shortness of breath can happen in those cases. If you have a strong family history of cancer (any kind) please discuss risk reduction methods with an expert in cancer genetics. ...Read more

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I got a tube ligation last year and I haven't gotten my period in 2 months 2 weeks and 2 days and I have ovarian cancer symptoms I'm 30 is it possib?

I got a tube ligation last year and I haven't gotten my period in 2 months 2 weeks and 2 days and I have ovarian cancer symptoms I'm 30 is it possib?

It is possible: There could be many causes of amenorrhea (no periods) and pelvic pain. It is possible to have premature menopause (menopause at less than 35 years old). When you had your tubal ligation, the ovaries would have been visualized and most likely appeared normal. Your pain may be due to adhesions from the tubal (abnormal scarring). ...Read more

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Heavy periods, bleeding between periods, dull cramping every day, low back pain. Could it be Ovarian Cancer? Symptoms not normal for me

Heavy periods, bleeding between periods, dull cramping every day, low back pain. Could it be Ovarian Cancer? Symptoms not normal for me

Discuss with doctor: There are lots of treatment options you can discuss with your doctor. Lysteda is a nonhormone medication designed for heavy periods. Some benefit from birth control pills, patch or nuvaring. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud can stop your period in some cases. Consider an endometrial ablation such as genesys hta if you are done having children. These can be done in the safely and comfortably in the office. ...Read more

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I have stage4 ovarian cancer and bowel cancer what is my life expectancy?

I have stage4 ovarian cancer and bowel cancer what is my life expectancy?

We can not answer th: In all sicerity we can not answer that as we do not have enough information
this question better be answered by the oncologist who is treating you
ask him/her at your next appointment. ...Read more

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16 year old worried about colon cancer! Symptoms, abdominal pain for a week, on/off constipation for 5 months, blood in stool 2x in past 2 months?

16 year old worried about colon cancer! Symptoms, abdominal pain for a week, on/off constipation for 5 months, blood in stool 2x in past 2 months?

Thanks for asking: I am glad that you are concerned about your health at this age. You are having some things that suggest your GI system is not acting quite right. Pain, changes in stool and blood can be signs of colon cancer, but that is very rare at your age. Other conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's) are more common, but less serious most likely. Family history critical too. Since blood, be seen. ...Read more

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Complications of a collapsed colon with ovarian cancer?

Call surgeon: If ovarian cancer has caused obstruction of the large intestine, common humanity would call for a surgeon to see if he/she can relieve the obstruction by whatever means even if the cancer is uncurable long-term. ...Read more

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I've had ovarian cancer when I was younger, am I more likely to get colon polyps?

I've had ovarian cancer when I was younger, am I more likely to get colon polyps?

No: The majority of ovarian cancers that young women get (germ cell tumors or stromal cell tumors) are not associated with colon cancer or colon polyps. ...Read more

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My mom is having half of her colon removed in the morning and her dr. Would also like to prevent ovarian cancer by removing her ovaries. Is that good?

Probably unnecessary: Unless there is a genetic syndrome, there would be no role for this. Maybe it would be appropriate to do a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis first. However, I would not recommend the ovaries to be removed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How high of a risk do I have of getting uterine, ovarian, breast, and colon cancer if I have a strong history these and more on both sides of my fam?

How high of a risk do I have of getting uterine, ovarian, breast, and colon cancer if I have a strong history these and more on both sides of my fam?

Be seen: There are many variables that you could possess. Your physician can discuss your individual risk for these varied cancers. ...Read more

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Does the brca2 gene also cause colon cancer? Or just breast and ovarian?

Does the brca2 gene also cause colon cancer? Or just breast and ovarian?

BRCA for breast: Brca genetic mutations are for breast and ovarian cancers, for colonic cancers apc gene, & familial non polyposis gene mutation are tested. 75% of colon cancers has no family history, the best way to detect early is by regular doctor visits and colonoscopic examinations for early detection and cure. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer and olvarian cancer often related?

Is colon cancer and olvarian cancer often related?

No: Colon Cancer is induced for the most part in non-hereditary disease by viral transfection. The most common organism is the polyoma virus. Ovarian cancer is not derived from this viral event. Colon cancer begins in the mucosa of the bowel where ovarian Ca is an epithelial disease similar to that of peritoneal carcinomatosis. The only relationship is when colon metastasizes to ovary. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in colon cancer?

Some late symptoms: Are rectal bleeding or black stools (melena) depending on location of cancer, abdominal pain, distention, change in bowel habits. But these are late signs. To catch them early, you need fecal occult blood test or colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding, weight-loss, abdominal pain, and change in bowel habits. Patients may not have any symptoms at all though. ...Read more

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What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

What are the primary symptoms of colon cancer?

Depends on location: If right sided may present with anemia (common). If large, some patients present with obstructive symptoms that require a bowel diversion. If metastatic can present with weight loss if extensive. One of the most common is detection of blood in the stool when a physician performs a rectal exam. Many variations of presentation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is colon cancer and its symptoms?

Could you explain what is colon cancer and its symptoms?

See below: Colon cancer is one of the commonest cancers and affects the large intestine. Almost all colon cancers start as polyps. A few are due to genetic defects, most are sporadic. Early colon cancer does not have symptoms. Later there may be blood in stool, change in bowel habits, weight loss and intestinal obstruction. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cancer/ds00035. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have colon cancer and only pain as symptom?

Yes, anything is: Possible, but usually patients with abdominal pain from colon cancer report weight loss, intermittent rectal bleeding or black stools, change in bowel habits, when questioned carefully. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of colon cancer? I'm worried I might have it.

Bleeding: There may be no symptoms. Or there may be rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, weight loss. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms that would indicate that someone may have colon cancer? Are there symptoms that would indicate that someone may have colon cancer?

Are there symptoms that would indicate that someone may have colon cancer? Are there symptoms that would indicate that someone may have colon cancer?

Thanks : Thanks for your question.

Usually by the time someone experiences symptoms from colon cancer, the cancer is fairly large or has spread. This is because colon cancers typically start out as small polyps (a small "stalk" of tissue jutting out from the colon wall inside the colon) that grows larger and changes into a cancer. This doesn't really cause pain or block the passage of stool unless it has grown so large that the stool can't get around it. Symptoms someone might feel who has a colon cancer include abdominal pain, constipation, blood in the stool, unexplained weight loss, fever, night sweats, and fatigue.

In the United States, screening for colon cancer is recommended for every adult over the age of 50, and sometimes earlier for patients with a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors. Screening early is important to try to detect and remove polyps before they have the chance to transform into a cancer. A colonoscopy (a scope passed into your anus and through the colon) is one way to screen for colon cancer / colon polyps.

I hope this answers your question. Thanks! ...Read more

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Are smelly farts a symptom of colon cancer?

Are smelly farts a symptom of colon cancer?

Unlikely: Unlikely. Here is a good overview on symptoms to look for related to colon cancer

http://www.Cancer. Net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer/symptoms-and-signs. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. James Dukelow
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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