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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Hemorrhoids And Rectal Cancer

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I've had blood in my stool for years. I've had hemorrhoid problems for a while but it has always been bright red. Chance of rectal cancer?

I've had blood in my stool for years. I've had hemorrhoid problems for a while but it has always been bright red. Chance of rectal cancer?

Low: Why have you not gotten treated for hemorrhoids? You can lose enough blood from these to become anemic. Please see your doctor for treatment and s/he can check you for rectal cancer as well. ...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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Pressure in rectum during/following recent bout of constipation. Normal bm with some ball turds here and there. Colon/rectal cancer? Hemorrhoid?

Pressure in rectum during/following recent bout of constipation.  Normal bm with some ball turds here and there.  Colon/rectal cancer? Hemorrhoid?

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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I'm 25 could I have rectal cancer? I'm scared and have no health insurance. I have no blood in my stools maybe its hemeroids?

I'm 25 could I have rectal cancer? I'm scared and have no health insurance. I have no blood in my stools maybe its hemeroids?

Not sure: You say you have no blood in your stool so what are your symptoms? If you are having rectal pain, pressure in the rectal area, changes in your bowels or weight loss then you should see your doctor. Rectal cancer in your age group is not common but the above symptoms need to be checked. ...Read more

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Does fissure and rectal cancer have similar symptoms? My dad is having fissure & i wanted to know the difference between the symptoms of both of these

Does fissure and rectal cancer have similar symptoms?
My dad is having fissure & i wanted to know the difference between the symptoms of both of these

Similar Symptoms: Both the fissure and rectal cancer are in the rectum and can cause pain, bleeding, frequent bowel movements. Since the symptoms can be similar, a person needs to have a colonoscopy to visualize the area and the fissure looks like a tear in the lining of the rectum and the other is a mass that looks abnormal and needs a biopsy. ...Read more

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Can you provide an exhaustive list of all possible causes of crescent-shaped thin stool (excl. Rectal cancer b/c i just had lar a month ago)?

Can you provide an exhaustive list of all possible causes of crescent-shaped thin stool (excl. Rectal cancer b/c i just had lar a month ago)?

Short list: Assuming your anastomosis is fine and not stenotic the most common cause is your muscles around your anal canal (schinter muscles and puburectalis) are not relaxing appropriately during defecation (animus). The best test for this is a voiding proctogram but would wait 6 to 8 weeks from your surgery (lar) to have this done. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?

Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?

Relatively, yes: Colon and rectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States. It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths. Estimates for 2012 are 103, 170 colon & 40, 290 rectal cancer. Overall there is a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. Rectal cancers alone are relatively common. In comparison, rectal cancer is as common as leukemia (44, 600). ...Read more

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Can I get rectal cancer at the age of 20 years?

Can I get rectal cancer at the age of 20 years?

Unlikely: A few people have genetic disorders and may develop colon/rectal cancer at an early age, otherwise it is uncommon before the age of 40 or so. ...Read more

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Can changing what you eat help with rectal cancer?

Can changing what you eat help with rectal cancer?

Before or atfer?: Not after it is diagnosed. It can be prevented or its risk reduced by taking high fiber diet. But once it is already diagnosed, changing diet does not change anything. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get rectal cancer, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get rectal cancer, or is it unusual?

Yes: Colon rectal cancer is 2nd common cancer. So it is quite common in both men and women. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...Read more