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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Colon Cancer Symptoms And Hemorrhoids

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Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and I'm scared.

Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and I'm scared.

Both: Can bleed and cause changes in stool caliber or pattern. Getting a colonoscopy should not require a long wait time. Check with your pcp mfor a referral to another doctor performing colonoscopies that may have a shorter wait time. Being 23 yo, less likely colon cancer. Do not be scared of the unknown and see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation in office. ...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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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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How quickly do colon cancer symptoms occur? Would you expect to see 2/3 symptoms with a few weeks. Thank you

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

Hemorrhoids are anal: When hemorrhoid are symptomatic they thrombose, causing anal pain or bleed locally. Colon cancer, due to a lesion in bowel if localized can cause blood mixed in stool or obstruct causing abdominal discomfort and distention ...Read more

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Colonoscopy doc found internal hemorrhoids, treatment is not helping symptoms, I can barely poop and only a little. Could it actually be colon cancer?

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

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Can hemorrhoids lead to rectal or colon cancer?

Can hemorrhoids lead to rectal or colon cancer?

No: We all have hemorrhoids (pillars of vascular tissue in the lower rectum). Some of us have symptomatic hemorrhoids (bleeding, pain, or itching). On their own, symptomatic hemorrhoids will not lead to colon cancer. The low fiber Western diet can be associated with an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer. Best advice: eat a diet high in fiber and drink lots of water. ...Read more

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What is the distinction between hemorrhoids and colon cancer?

What is the distinction between hemorrhoids and colon cancer?

See below: Hemorrhoids are normal benign veins of the anal canal that may enlarge or bleed. They are not cancerous. Colon cancer is a malignant tumor that can occur anywhere in the colon or large intestine. ...Read more

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Can treatment for internal hemorrhoids cause relief if it actually is anal/colon cancer?

Can treatment for internal hemorrhoids cause relief if it actually is anal/colon cancer?

Unclear question: If you are 23, you are highly unlikely to have anal or colon cancer. What relief did you experience? It would require a physical examination to assess for anal and colon cancer and if you have any concerns, please consult your doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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I have soft thin stool. I'm so worried. Is it colon cancer? I have hemorrhoids. No blood no wt loss and no pain in abd. I felt bulgng in rectum.

I have soft thin stool. I'm so worried. Is it colon cancer? I have hemorrhoids. No blood no wt loss and no pain in abd. I felt bulgng in rectum.

Colon cancer: At your age colon cancer is highly unlikely. Hemorrhoids can cause your problem, and occur often with constipation. Adjust your diet with more fruits, vegetables, carrots, lots of fluids. To check on hemorrhoids you will need to see your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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19 years old. Change in bowel habits but go everyday. Sometimes blood on toilet paper from known hemorrhoids. Should I be screened for colon cancer?

19 years old. Change in bowel habits but go everyday. Sometimes blood on toilet paper from known hemorrhoids. Should I be screened for colon cancer?

Not at this time: The incidence of colorectal cancer is very low under the age of 40, and stats for 19-39 years of age for women are 1/1400 and increase dramatically between age 40-50 to 1/140. Unless you have a strong family history of colorectal cancer, you can relax about that diagnosis for now. If you have not been feeling well, experience BM urgency, you should be checked for colitis. ...Read more

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I get cramps after eating. Sometimes it's diarrhea. Stomach feels discomfort in general for over a few months now. Blood on tissue sometimes but have hemorrhoids. Could it be colon cancer? I'm 35yr old.

Cancer unlikely but: You have abdominal cramping after meals and you are 35 years old. It is unlikely that this in colin cancer but it would be a good idea to see your doctor. Even though you have hemorrhoids the blood on tissue paper could be a sign that your intestines are inflamed. Celiac disease among other causes like ulcerative colitis should be evaluated among others. ...Read more

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I'm 39. I had dark red blood (maroon) in my stool. I have a history of hemorrhoids. My mother died this year of colon cancer. My doctor, then gastro-entologist recommended a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is rather pricey - should I have one?

I'm 39. I had dark red blood (maroon) in my stool. I have a history of hemorrhoids. My mother died this year of colon cancer. My doctor, then gastro-entologist recommended a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is rather pricey - should I have one?

Yes: Yes, you should get a colonoscopy. Your dark red blood in stool (hematochezia) is a concerning sign and due to your family history of colon cancer, a colonoscopy should be performed. Although it is expensive, in your situation with your family history and symptoms, the benefits (potentially early detection/treatment of colon polyps) outweigh the negatives (high cost). Follow up with GI doc. ...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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At 45 years old is Colon Cancer likely? The doctor looked and said hemorrods

At 45 years old is Colon Cancer likely? The doctor looked and said hemorrods

Yes: Colon cancer is seen in people in your age group. The youngest patient in my practice was 41. He had nonspecific GI complaint & I ordered a colonoscopy that saved his life by finding early cancerous polyp. Moral of this story...get a colonoscopy. If normal, hemorrhoids can bleed & cause rectal pain but don't turn into cancer. Proper high fiber diet and drinking a lot of water is the best treatment ...Read more

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I have colon cancer and am on chemotherapy, diarrhea, and now hemorroids, what can I do to help?  

I have colon cancer and am on chemotherapy, diarrhea, and now hemorroids, what can I do to help?  

Medication: Check with your medical oncologist for advice and that these are the side effects of your chemotherapy. You can take over the counter medication. Immodium or kaopectate for diarrhea and or a low fiber diet. Topical ointments or suppositories for your hemmorhoids. Try annusol or tucks (witch hazel) or preparation h. There are other meds and also prescription medications as well. ...Read more

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Do hemmroid flareups increase your risk of colon cancer?

Unrelated: Hemorrhoid flare up produces problems with bleeding or the equivalent of thrombosed varicose veins in the rectum. Cancer in general is related to a viral infection from an organism like the polyoma virus that infects a field in the area of colon/rectum that leads to genetic alterations leading to malignant transformation of the involved cells. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have internal hemerroids or colon cancer?

How to figure out if I have internal hemerroids or colon cancer?

You cannot: And neither can we at Health Tap. You need to see a doctor and may need a scope. Cancer at your age is uncommon but possible. See a doc please. ...Read more

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Am 28 yrs, hemoroids patient (2nd stg). Hav bad bloating stomach. Ph level of stool is 5.0. Scared if it is a colon cancer. Pls advice?

Am 28 yrs, hemoroids patient (2nd stg). Hav bad bloating stomach. Ph level of stool is 5.0. Scared if it is a colon cancer. Pls advice?

See colorectal: Usually, a good colorectal surgery can do proctoscopy or anoscopy to distinguish if bleeding is just from internal hemorrhoids or something more serious like a colon cancer. ...Read more

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I have a slight pain near my tail bone. I have also recently had blood in stool but I do have hemmorroids. Is colon cancer likely?

I have a slight pain near my tail bone. I have also recently had blood in stool but I do have hemmorroids. Is colon cancer likely?

No: Your tail bone area pain has nothing to do with colon cancer but with possible trauma or bone disease. If you have a family hx of colon cancer then get a colonoscopy otherwise treat your hemorrhoids and see if you continue to have fecal blood ...Read more

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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

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How can you tell the difference between hemmorhoids and colon cancer? Even though the symptoms are very similar, what are the major differences?

How can you tell the difference between hemmorhoids and colon cancer? Even though the symptoms are very similar, what are the major differences?

Can be difficult: GREAT question although if we are talking about you it would be very unusual for a 19 yo to have colorectal cancer. The point is it really is almost impossible to know for sure and therefore everyone who has rectal bleeding or a change in bowel habits should see a provider even though the most common cause of both of these is not cancer. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between colon cancer and anal cancer?

Each is dIfferent: Colon cancer is in the colorectal area, adenocarcinoma spreads to abdominal lymph nodes first and more common than anal cancer, develops in anal canal squamous cell cancer, spreads to groin nodes first. Recently more frequently seen in HIV patients. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome?

What is the difference between colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS has no lesion: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Including Diarrhea or constipation. Compared to colon canceer which can present with similar features IBS has no specific lesion causing the symptoms. It has been theorised that abnormalities in GUT flora (microbiome) result in inflammation and altered bowel function. Any bowel lesion causing the symptoms can be identified on colonoscopy ...Read more

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 Chapman
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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