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Could I Have Colon Cancer And Have No Symptoms And Not Be Aware Of It
Definitely!: Absolutely. This is why it is so important for everyone to have a colonoscopy starting at age 50, or possibly earlier if there is a strong family history of colon cancer. Your primary doctor will advise you when to start being screened for colon cancer depending on your risk factors. This is one disease where screening really saves lives, since there may be no early signs like pain or bleeding. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more
Information: Unfortunately many cancers, particularly those in the abdomen, do not cause symptoms until they are far advanced. ...Read more
Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?
I wondered if anyone could give me the symptoms of colon cancer, a little detail on them too. Could I have it at 18?
Usually None: Colon cancer frequently will develop without symptoms until rather advanced. It would be exceedingly unusual for an 18 yr old to develop it in the absence or an underlying condition like hereditary polyposis or peutz–jeghers syndrome. Common symptoms would include change of bowel movements, blood in the stools (often not apparent without testing). Some cancers will present with bowel perforation! ...Read more
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
unlikely Dx: Some times possible but only 17 months ago you had scope , you have an attack of diverticulits . See your doctor for examination , reevaluation and possible rx of antibiotics , if perforates will be a surgical emergency ...Read more
Is it true that colon cancer can take years before causing symptoms? So a cat scan i had just a month ago showing nothing could be good news?
Yes...: Colon and rectal cancer is usually a slowly growing tumor in the colon or rectum. From its earliest beginnings as a colon polyp its estimated to take 10-15 years to grow into a cancer. A standard ct scan of the abdomen/pelvis is not a good or accurate test for early detection of colon cancer. Colonoscopy is the best test for early detection of polyps or cancer in the rectum and colon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colonoscopy doc found internal hemorrhoids, treatment is not helping symptoms, i can barely poop and only a little. Could it actually be colon cancer?
NO it is not: You have colonoscopy , as per your info. Did not show cancer so you don't have it , why worry? . Now your constipation could be easily managed by high fibre diet lots of vegetables and fruits , less meat and plenty of water at your age of 24 rarely need any medications you will be fine speak to your doctor and go for follow up. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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