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Is IBS a risk factor for colon cancer?

Is IBS a risk factor for colon cancer?

IBS not risk factor: Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) is not a direct risk factor for crc. You should have a colonoscopy at age 50 or earlier if you have family members with polyps or cancer. You should see your doctor if you are having any symptoms like change in bowel habits, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue or weakness. ...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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Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Yes: Early colon cancer symptoms can mimici ibs. However unlike ibs, colon cancer can progress to more bleeding, and more localized pain, and can obstruction if continue unchecked. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed of IBS 8 months ago. My question is if this was colon cancer things would be much worse by now right? "

Not necessarily: Some colon cancers are very slow growing and may not have significant worsening of symptoms over 8 months. However, the symptoms of colon cancer are usually quite different than ibs symptoms. But having ibs does not mean you might not also have colon cancer. The best way to be sure you don't have that is to get a colonoscopy. In the us screening colonoscopies are advised for all people at age 50. ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

Colon cancer: Colon cancer is rare is young people but can be see in association with diseases such as familial polyposis. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease involving the colon with longstanding colitis are at greater risk of developing colon or rectal cancer than the general population. Patients who develop IBD at a younger age may be at an increased risk when they are older. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

See answer: FIRST OFF, IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20'S OR 30'S COLON CA IS UNCOMMON. The incidence increases with age. Colon cancer has NO symptoms in it's early phase. Cancer of the right colon presents with anemia, changes in BM or pain are a very late sign. Cancer of left colon may cause rectal bleeding and/or anemia and eventually a change in BM. See> http://bit. Ly/1JhGenE and http://bit. Ly/1VlC078 ...Read more

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I've had two colonoscopies in the last 10 yrs, w/ the last 3 yrs ago? Dr thinks I have IBS. What are the odds of having colon cancer now?

I've had two colonoscopies in the last 10 yrs, w/ the last 3 yrs ago? Dr thinks I have IBS. What are the odds of having colon cancer now?

Remote: A clean colonoscopy result three years ago and your age essentially rule out colon cancer.
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.
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Thin poop but its not IBS so could it be colon cancer?

Thin poop but its not IBS so could it be colon cancer?

One possibility: Thin ribbon like stool is due to spasm in the colon, or partial obstruction from tumor also can give. It is a compelling reason to see your doctor for examination and for colonoscopy. ...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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Green stool in past bm's. Today they were sort of flat. Colon cancer? Ibs? Great grandma had colon cancer at 70. Should I worry? No other symptoms.

Green stool in past bm's. Today they were sort of flat. Colon cancer? Ibs? Great grandma had colon cancer at 70. Should I worry? No other symptoms.

Relax and remember: Most troubles can easily be investigated early. These symptoms are not likely predictors of a problem. The usual suggestion of trouble is blood mixed in the stool. A change in the bowel habit may also suggest a problem. If you feel concerned see your doctor to discuss having a colonoscopy performed. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer grow. CT Scans 2 1/2 years apart both negative. Would there have been some change by this point? Pcp says IBS.

How fast does colon cancer grow. CT Scans 2 1/2 years apart both negative. Would there have been some change by this point? Pcp says IBS.

It depend: First CT scan is not the best way to discover or screen or rule out colon cancer so negative CT scan does not mean anything as far as colon cancer concern colonoscopy is the best way to screen colon cancer
you are kind of young for colon cancer most likely your colon problems are caused by something else like IBS
good luck
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Sure I have colon cancer but dr says likely ibs. Having colonoscopy in 3 weeks. Symptoms are chronic diarreah. Pain. Gas. Weight loss which I gain back.

Sure I have colon cancer but dr says likely ibs. Having colonoscopy in 3 weeks. Symptoms are chronic diarreah. Pain. Gas. Weight loss which I gain back.

Patience: I hope you are wrong and there is no cancer but even if so, 3 weeks would not affect the outcome. I know waiting can be hard but try to gather all your optimism during the waiting period. Again, I truly hope there is no cancer there. ...Read more

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28 yo. Colon cancer fear. No family hist. Ibs diagnosis. Have had tiny specks of blood on tp. Doc said hemmroids. Negative occult test. Do you agree?

28 yo. Colon cancer fear. No family hist. Ibs diagnosis. Have had tiny specks of blood on tp. Doc said hemmroids. Negative occult test. Do you agree?

Too young for it!: Colon care is uncommon under the age of 50 years, so you should not live under this fear when you are so young. The fact that your doctor has checked you and found hemorrhoids as the cause of your questionable bleeding. Once you get to the age of 45-50 years. Screening with Colonoscopy would be the best security to avoid any fear of this Cancer which is easily detectable and preventable. ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea for about6-7 weeks. And ive seen dark brown & red in my stool which I hope is undigested food. Do you think I have ibs or colon cancer?

I've had diarrhea for about6-7 weeks. And ive seen dark brown & red in my stool which I hope is undigested food. Do you think I have ibs or colon cancer?

IBS?: 6-7 weeks of problems with your stool strongly suggests you must see your primary doctor. If there is a wait to get an appointment, a visit to the nearest Emergency facility would be a good move. ...Read more

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4xday diarhea, fever, headache -food poisoning, IBS or colon cancer? I was diagnosed with IBS and had all of the symptoms yesterday. Feeling good today

What's the question?: If you stay feeling better than this was some transient illness from which you have recovered. If not, then you may well have ibs, but not having access to your medical records and not having examined you makes it impossible to diagnose. Ibs may have intermittent symptomatic expression. ...Read more

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What are the odds of a 33 year old male getting colon cancer? I have loose stool, incomplete evacuation, itch, constipation, urgency. Could it be IBS or something else?

What are the odds of a 33 year old male getting colon cancer? I have loose stool, incomplete evacuation, itch, constipation, urgency. Could it be IBS or something else?

Low risk for cancer: Your worry is understandable and made worse by financial concerns. Check your local area for cash prices, non-insurance clinics and free health clinics. You will benefit from a doctors care, a good gp. Check out the bowel regimens for chronic constipation on healthtap. ...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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1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. Severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?

1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. Severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?

Hypochondrasis: I feel your distress about having Colon cancer.
Relax about “No family history. Cancer or IBS”
Feel good about lack of abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea alternating with constipation, or severe constipation.
Do not be victim of severe health anxiety, Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for anxiety due to stresses; coping skills and
medication. ...Read more

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Would abd ultrasound and full blood count show something is wrong possibly colon cancer? No blood visible only loose stool. Diagnosed with ibs.

Would abd ultrasound and full blood count show something is wrong possibly colon cancer? No blood visible only loose stool. Diagnosed with ibs.

Loose stool: At your age colon cancer would be very rare. Abd US and full blood count are not the best tests to screen for colon cancer. A colonoscopy would be the better test. If your tests thus far are normal but still have symptoms, I would see your doctor for further testing. Colonoscopy would be the best test as I stated before if all other tests were normal. ...Read more

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Fbc and stool test normal. Not ibd or parasites. Sudden mucus in stool daily 2 wks. Some loose stools. Could this be normal Or ibs or Colon cancer?

Fbc and stool test normal. Not ibd or parasites. Sudden mucus in stool daily 2 wks. Some loose stools. Could this be normal Or ibs or Colon cancer?

IBS: 24 y male has chronic loose stools, recently with "mucus", and has had a negative clinical work-up for Irritable Bowel Disease, IBD. These symptoms can be attendant with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, which is likely a functional disorder and dysautonomia. See comments: ...Read more

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Belly pain for 1 year. Cat scan and upper scope. Showed inflammation in stomach. Constipation also. Ibs. But worried colon cancer?

Belly pain for 1 year. Cat scan and upper scope. Showed inflammation in stomach. Constipation also. Ibs. But worried colon cancer?

Very small chance...: ...Given that you're 34 years old, but nothing's impossible. You may want to review the many healthtap answers regarding causes & cures for lower abdominal discomfort, but your best reassurance will come from your doctor after further appropriate exam & tests prove unremarkable. Be well--. ...Read more

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Crampy lower abdomen, aches felt in stomach and pellet like stool. Great grandma had colon cancer at 70 but my grandma and mom are fine? Ibs or more?

Crampy abd pain: The symptoms of colon cancer are a change in bowel habits, blood in stools, pain or pressure in abd or pelvis. Your symptoms if normal for you, seem to be more likely related to poor diet, not enough water intake, and lack of exercise. So try drinking more water, eating foods that have whole wheat and are not processed, and exercising. ...Read more

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Ibs or colon cancer or other? 13 year son little constipation no nausia no to little stomach pain pencil thin stools blood on paper sometimes sports

Ibs or colon cancer or other? 13 year son little constipation no nausia no to little stomach pain pencil thin stools blood on paper sometimes sports

Sounds more: Like your son is suffering from constipation. Need to be very aggressive with management. Need to drink plenty of fluids, six 8 oz or more, need to take laxatives, stool softeners, need good bowel habits- have to go at least three times a day and stools should be soft and easy to pass. Blood in the stools are common with chronic constipation. See md asap if w fever, abdominal distention, look sick. ...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

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. Corey Clay
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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