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I am 33 year old male, have had loose stools (not watery) for years. Stomach growling/gas/acid reflux/mild cramps, hemrroids. Is this colon cancer?

I am 33 year old male, have had loose stools (not watery) for years. Stomach growling/gas/acid reflux/mild cramps, hemrroids. Is this colon cancer?

IBS: Symptoms of loose stools ; abdominal cramps in young adult male suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome. Intestinal cancer would be most unusual. Personally, I would be interested in history of extreme sports participation ; chronic low back pain, which I have found concommitent with these symptoms in young adult males. The symptoms suggest that a primary medical doctor evaluation is in order. ...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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Diarrhea constipation gas swollen stomach = colon cancer?

Diarrhea constipation gas swollen stomach = colon cancer?

Not always.: Although change in bowel habits is a strong indicator of colon cancer, it can signify other things as well, like irritable bowel syndrome, or gallbladder issue, i.e. Stones. Your'e young for colon cancer, and gallbladder issues. So it is likely that the source of this lies elsewhere, like your diet. You should see your doctor for tests like occult blood test, etc to be sure and for diet help. ...Read more

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From a 2 months lots of gas smells awful diarrhea stomach or colon cramp my abdomen becom fatty I was 74 now am 80 in 2 month is it colon cancer

From a 2 months lots of gas smells awful diarrhea stomach or colon cramp my abdomen becom fatty I was 74 now am 80 in 2 month is it colon cancer

Cancer unlikely: Irritable bowel more likely. FODMAPs in diet a likely culprit. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- Monosaccharides and PolyAlcohols. Read more about FODMAPs and IBS here: http://www. Ibsdiets. Org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/ Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is the reason behind (diarrhea followed by constipation) like in case of colon cancer?

What is the reason behind (diarrhea followed by constipation) like in case of colon cancer?

Partial obstruction: When the colon gets partially blocked (as in some cancers) stool can back up and constipation occurs. When constipation is longstanding, liquid stool moves around the blockage. This is called post obstructive diarrhea. Constipation appears to follow the diarrhea but was really there to begin with. In these cases a full workup and a gentle clean out is required. Visit your doctor for both. ...Read more

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Is constant diarrhea or constipation a symptom of colon cancer or IBS. What is one alarming sign of colon cancer. Thanks?

Is constant diarrhea or constipation a symptom of colon cancer or IBS. What is one alarming sign of colon cancer. Thanks?

Cancer is rare...: These are not typical presenting symptoms of colorectal cancer but could be seen in cancer patients in some cases. On the other hand these ARE common IBS symptoms. An easy way to reassure yourself is see a surgeon or GI doc who will be able to examen you and do some tests including a colonoscopy which. They can set your mind to rest. Feel better soon ...Read more

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Chronic constipation for years while on levothyroxine 50mcg. 25 y/o f. Type #1 on bristol. Thyroid blood work says it's controlled. Diet stinks. Past 2 weeks diarrhea, no appetite. Colon cancer?

Chronic constipation for years while on levothyroxine 50mcg. 25 y/o f. Type #1 on bristol. Thyroid blood work says it's controlled. Diet stinks. Past 2 weeks diarrhea, no appetite. Colon cancer?

Unlikely: There are many reasons for constipation and for diarrhea. Typically colon cancer presents with bloody stools or no symptoms. It's also unlikely in young people which is why colonoscopy screenings are recommended after age 50, unless you have significant risk factors like family history or other certain medical problems. If you have diarrhea for >2 weeks, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea

Which is the main symptom of rectal/colon cancer? Constipate or diarrhea? Or both? I got a constipation fir 4 months already but no diarrhea

Either: Rectal and colon cancer could be very serious and should not been taking lightly
you are 25 years old chance of cancer very low but not zero
you simply have a bad constipation you should not let yourself go for four month without proper treatment
eat more healthy food less junk eat more fruits and fibers drink a lot of water and take stool softener if you need it
see your doctor if not better. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a woman in her mid 30s to develope colon cancer? Constipation, narrow stool alternating with diarrhea and pain for 4 weeks.

Is it possible for a woman in her mid 30s to develope colon cancer? Constipation, narrow stool alternating with diarrhea and pain for 4 weeks.

Yes, but unlikely: With the changes in your stool and symptoms, it would be very important to get in and be evaluated. It sounds like you need a colonoscopy and stool studies. While waiting for your appointment, you can get a a whole food diet, increase your fiber and take a good probiotic. also make sure you are hydrating well. Make sure you get in - getting your gut healthy again will make you feel much better ...Read more

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19, male having diarrhea right after normal stool, watery, blood test fine, no blood or constipation, can it be colon cancer I'm scared!!!

19, male having diarrhea right after normal stool, watery, blood test fine, no blood or constipation, can it be colon cancer I'm scared!!!

Relax: Colon cancer doesn't behave this way and is very, very rare in 19 year olds. Diarrhea after a normal BM is not unusual and often depends on diet, anxiety, etc. If it persists, see your primary care provider for an evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Colon cancer at 18 years old? Bloating Alternating stools constipation and diarrhea Green stool Change of bowel movement I feel fine though?

Colon cancer at 18 years old? Bloating Alternating stools constipation and diarrhea Green stool Change of bowel movement I feel fine though?

Colon cancer: At your age colon cancer not likely. There are other more likely reasons for your symptoms such as irritable bowl or other. See your healthcare worker as it may be normal or you may have a reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Alternating bowel movements of green stools with some black dots of constipation ad diarrhea, bloated, small poop comes outs18 years old colon cancer?

Alternating bowel movements of green stools with some black dots of constipation ad diarrhea, bloated, small poop comes outs18 years old colon cancer?

Diet: The appearance of feces varies according to diet, your level of hydration, your gut's microbial flora, medications, and your bodies own makeup. Colin cancer is rare in an 18 year old. It may cause blood to appear in the stool but often just small amounts that is not visible, and requires a chemical test. Cancer does not typically cause diarrhea except for a rare form called villous adenoma. ...Read more

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Feeling bloated, green stools, little poo comes out, feel fine, bowel movements changed with either diarrhea or constipation? Stressed, colon cancer?

Feeling bloated, green stools, little poo comes out, feel fine, bowel movements changed with either diarrhea or constipation? Stressed, colon cancer?

Not at all likely: I've been a medical oncologist for 30 years, and I've never seen colon cancer in someone as young as you. I suppose it has happened sometime somewhere, but you're probably more likely to win the lottery than to have colon cancer at your age. ...Read more

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So im 19, been taking medication for depression. Loose stools and constipation occasionally but no blood in stools and no nausia. Is it colon cancer?

So im 19, been taking medication for depression. Loose stools and constipation occasionally but no blood in stools and no nausia. Is it colon cancer?

Antidepressants: Unlikely. Antidepressants are known to cause some people significant constipation.On the flip side, if you miss a dose or two then you can have the reverse by having a few loose stools as part of "withdrawals".Make sure to take your medicine as recommended by your physician. Talk to them about the issues with your bowel movements, they might recommend starting a regular stool softener to help, . ...Read more

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I have ibs. But lately very smelly gas and very smelly dark diarrhea. Mother found out she had colon cancer at 35.Why so stinky? No change in diet.

I have ibs. But lately very smelly gas and very smelly dark diarrhea. Mother found out she had colon cancer at 35.Why so stinky? No change in diet.

You need to see doc: You are 47, having malodorous, bark stool which may suggest bleeding (melena--which can be quite foul) and needs to be checked. You also have a family history of colon cancer--a big concern. So, don't delay. Contact doc for eval as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been having diarrhea and stomach pain with gas and nausea. My dad had colon cancer and I believe he had FAP when he was younger. Is it FAP?

I have been having diarrhea and stomach pain with gas and nausea. My dad had colon cancer and I believe he had FAP when he was younger. Is it FAP?

Hard to say: It is hard to say the symptoms you described does not neccessarly indicative of FAP my rtecommendation get tested for FAP and get base line colonoscopy now for the symptoms that you have and based on the result your doctor will tell you when and how ofte you need to get tested ...Read more

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53 with constipation bloating and gas. Os this colon cancer.

Maybe: A physician office visit and appropriate studies will settle this. Hopefully and most likely it's something simpler (has your thyroid been checked?) but you'll need to do this. Good luck. ...Read more

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23 y.o AA no family history of colon cancer. Currently suffering from severe constipation, thinner stools, gas that I can pass but no blood or sicknes?

23 y.o AA no family history of colon cancer. Currently suffering from severe constipation, thinner stools, gas that I can pass but no blood or sicknes?

Get checked: These re non specific symptoms. This may be as simple as needing more fiber and water. I would recommended seeing a physician to consider a colonoscopy. In the mean time add fiber to the diet 20-30 grams per day and drink more water. Also add probiotics in the form of yogurt twice a day. Www. Drlugo. Com ...Read more

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My 17 y/o has constipation weird pressure left side abdomen below rib cage no pain present for a few months colon cancer with enlarged spleen?!

My 17 y/o has constipation weird pressure left side abdomen below rib cage no pain present for a few months colon cancer with enlarged spleen?!

Insist on an answer: Junior needs to be seen. Cancer's unlike at 17 without a strong family history. If there is any concern that this is serious disease, he needs colonoscopy. If the spleen is big, an explanation needs to be found. It would be appropriate to check junior for porphyria and hypothyroidism. If you are not satisfied with any answer you get, or junior is not satisfied, demand a second opinion. ...Read more

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26 year old. Recent bout if constipation. Bm returning to normal. Intermittent pressure in rectum kinda of like gas. Colon cancer? Prostate? Mild hem?

26 year old. Recent bout if constipation. Bm returning to normal. Intermittent pressure in rectum kinda of like gas. Colon cancer? Prostate? Mild hem?

Constipation: Common things being common, you are unlikely to have colon cancer or prostate issues at your age. Constipation is another issue, and I suspect you've still got it. Retained hard stool in your rectum may be causing your symptoms, or a hemorrhoid caused by straining. Try a laxative, lots of water, and adding more fiber to your diet. ...Read more

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26 male. Have had recent bout of constipation. Poo returning to normal but intermittent pressure in anus. Almost like gas. Colon cancer? Prostate?

26 male. Have had recent bout of constipation. Poo returning to normal but intermittent pressure in anus. Almost like gas. Colon cancer? Prostate?

Constipation: Common things being common, you are unlikely to have colon cancer or prostate issues at your age. Constipation is another issue, and I suspect you've still got it. Retained hard stool in your rectum may be causing your symptoms, or a hemorrhoid caused by straining. Try a laxative, lots of water, and adding more fiber to your diet. ...Read more

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A 17 year olds sysmptoms :change in bowel movement constipation narrow stools small black dots in stool tight abdomen mild stomach pain colon cancer?

Needs eval: This isn't a usual presentation for colon cancer, since it's usually without symptoms, and doesn't happen to 17 year olds very often. There are a lot of colon conditions that need to be considered by a doctor in person to figure this one out which i'd suggest you get done early next week. ...Read more

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Paranoid about colon cancer. Constipated sometimes, pellet like stools, not bloody or pencil like, no weight loss, pain in abdomen, etc. Help?

Paranoid about colon cancer. Constipated sometimes, pellet like stools, not bloody or pencil like, no weight loss, pain in abdomen, etc. Help?

Doubt it!: In the absence of a family history of colon cancer and without relevant signs or symptoms, colon cancer is placed much lower on the list as the cause of your constipation. Ibs or functional constipation is more likely. See your doctor for a formal diagnosis and to get effective treatment. And don't forget your fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Very complicated, 4th stage colon cancer metastized to liver. Legs and privates privates very swollen constipated x 7 days?

Very complicated, 4th stage colon cancer metastized to liver. Legs and privates privates very swollen constipated x 7 days?

Edema?: The swelling you mention could be related to accumulation of fluid, which tends to collect in gravity-dependent parts of the body. If the liver starts to malfunction, our levels of serum proteins decrease, which leads to fluid leaving the bloodstream and entering other parts of the body, like the legs and such. If this is new, you need to be seen for some blood testing. ...Read more

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Is frequent bloating, excessive gas and burping, increase flatus and stomach growling associated with colon cancer? Normal bm. 1s a day

Is frequent bloating, excessive gas and burping, increase flatus and stomach growling associated with colon cancer? Normal bm. 1s a day

They could but...: The symptoms you are describing are very common. They can be associated with colon cancer but there many more causes that are probably more common in the general population. Regardless of the probabilities, your symptoms warrant a visit to your doctor to help you figure out the cause.
Best wishes,
ariel. ...Read more

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I'm 23 yr old having stomach pain, gas, inflammation, and bowel problems. My grandmother had colon cancer. Can I test for cancer this early?

I'm 23 yr old having stomach pain, gas, inflammation, and bowel problems. My grandmother had colon cancer. Can I test for cancer this early?

Probably not...: At 23, you should pay attention to what and how to eat a healthy foods such as those with less sugar, fat, and salt, with more vegetables and fruits, with less junky foods, with more nuts, beans, etc. Besides more exercise, better sleep, and no overindulgence and obsession for everything we do in life, will help live a long happy life. As to concern for family history of colon cancer, ask doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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