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Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Blood needs check-up: Bleeding from the GI tract (whether identified via mouth or rectum, whether visible in stool or found on fecal occult blood test) is never normal. Even "a little bit" of bleeding deserves evaluation to identify source. For most patients, however bleeding as you describe does not mean cancer, but rather inflammation, broken blood vessels, diverticulosis, infection, ischemia, fissures, hemorrhoids. ...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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Would mucus in stool that comes and goes for a bit every few months be a symptom of colon cancer? No other symptoms. No blood that can see.

Would mucus in stool that comes and goes for a bit every few months be a symptom of colon cancer? No other symptoms. No blood that can see.

Unlikely: Mucus is not suggestive of cancer. Unless you have family history of early onset colon cancer, you may wait till you are 50-years old to get a screening colonoscopy.
If you are concerned you may do FIT testing to test for occult blood in stool. If that is positive, you should see a doctor.
Wish you good health.
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. ...Read more

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Do you think I have colon cancer? I have trouble passing, soft stool a little bigger than a pencil and sometimes mucus in stool. Help please. I'm 21.

Do you think I have colon cancer? I have trouble passing, soft stool a little bigger than a pencil and sometimes mucus in stool. Help please. I'm 21.

Large differential: While colon cancer is always a consideration it will not be in the top of the list given your age. Much more common conditions such as irritable bowel, hemorrhoids or inflammatory bowel disease can cause similar symptoms. Talk to your doc about your symptoms and possible work up. ...Read more

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Sudden Small Amts of mucus in stool every other day intermittent with loose stools for 2 wks. Fbc normal, stool parasite test negative. Colon cancer?

Probably not: Cause of mucus in stool usually secondary to an inflammatory process such as colitis. This could also causes loose stools. Most Ca's are asymptomatic when small. As they get larger they obstruct, bleed and occasionally perforate. Colonoscopy can easily define problem. ...Read more

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When you have colon cancer does a clear gel like mucus occur?

When you have colon cancer does a clear gel like mucus occur?

Possibly: Any change in bowels can trigger concern for colon cancer. However, character changes to one's bowel movements can also be do to dietary changes and or other intestinal problems. These symptoms may warrant a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Yellow narrow stool, but not always narrow with a lot of mucus and sometimes blood. Is this colon cancer?

Yellow narrow stool, but not always narrow with a lot of mucus and sometimes blood. Is this colon cancer?

Bowel caliber/color: Any change in the caliber or color of stool should be evaluated with colonocscopy. ...Read more

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Hi there I'm 24/m I've been having mucus in my stool was white but now it's like a green colour for about 2 weeks now worried its colon cancer?

Hi there I'm 24/m I've been having mucus in my stool was white but now it's like a green colour for about 2 weeks now worried its colon cancer?

Do not worry: It is very highly unlikely that you have colon cancer. Drink enough water so that your urine is colorless and watery. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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Hi I have mucus after bm on and off and loose stools once a week. Worried about colon cancer. Should I worry?

Hi I have mucus after bm on and off and loose stools once a week. Worried about colon cancer. Should I worry?

No: It is highly unlikely that you have colon cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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Is 1/2 a penny size of mucus in stools 3x/wk and loose stools 1x/week a cause for concern? Could it be colon cancer? No family history.

Here are some...: Seeing various amount of mucus coated on stool is common and not clinically significant as long as having no blood, moving bowel regularly, and living a healthy active vibrant life. More? Ask Doc timely. If still in doubt, follow instructions in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. ...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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Extreme anemia, pale stool with mucus always diaherra that's thin. Pelvic pain. When passing normal stool it's hard and I bleed. Colon cancer?

Extreme anemia, pale stool with mucus always diaherra that's thin. Pelvic pain. When passing normal stool it's hard and I bleed. Colon cancer?

Not likely: It is very unlikely that you have colon cancer. But if you have anemia and bleed on passing stool, you must see your doctor for an evaluation. It may be as simple as taking a fiber laxative to soften the stool and taking iron supplement to correct iron deficiency. However, that can only be determined after examining you and it has to be done in person by your doctor. ...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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Hy doctor I checked my stool, in my result pus cells result founded 1-3/hpf, rbc found 0-3hpf and there is no mucous I am very fear about colon cancer?

Hy doctor I checked my stool, in my result pus cells result founded 1-3/hpf, rbc found 0-3hpf and there is no mucous I am very fear about colon cancer?

Need more info: How old are you? Do you have any symptoms? Why was the stool tested? Who ordered the stool Test? It would be prudent to discuss the results with the doctor who ordered the tests. However, if you are under 40 years of age, colon cancer is unlikely.
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. ...Read more

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Hy doctor How can we find colon cancer through stool test??? I checked my stool and founded pus cells 1-3/hpf, rbc cells 0-3 hpf and there is no mucous I have pain in my stomach is there any problem??

Hy doctor How can we find colon cancer through stool test??? I checked my stool and founded pus cells 1-3/hpf, rbc cells 0-3 hpf and there is no mucous I have pain in my stomach is there any problem??

No good stool test: No good stool test exists at present to dx colon cancer. That is why colonoscopy still employed. Cologuard is a stool test that measures gene mutations and can suggest the potential for eventually or possibly developing the disease but not whether it is already present. We have shown that a stool ELISA measuring the protein mutated MUC5ac will indicate whether cancer is or is not present. ...Read more

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How fast does colon cancer progress? Dad (50 years old)was recommended colonoscopy 8 months ago. He never went. Little bit worried.

How fast does colon cancer progress? Dad (50 years old)was recommended colonoscopy 8 months ago. He never went. Little bit worried.

Varies: On average, it takes about 10 years from the initiation of damage to invasive colon cancer, but there is considerable variation. Your dad my not have colon cancer, Colonoscopy is for early detection and prevention of colon cancer and it is a good idea for your dad to have it done. ...Read more

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Do all rectal/colon cancer have bloody or black stool?

Do all rectal/colon cancer have bloody or black stool?

No. Microscopic poss: Not all colon cancers cause changes to stool that u can see w/ your eye. Some polyps (pre-cancerous lesions) cause MICROscopic blood in the stool that only sensitive lab tests can pick up. Bright red stool is thought 2 b from rectum, maroon red stool from intestine, & dark / black stool (melena) from stomach; however, it depends on how brisk bleeding is. Slow bleeds may not discolor stool at all. ...Read more

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Green stools, little black dots in stool and also when I wipe. Scared this may be rectal/colon cancer at 18. What are the chances?

Green stools, little black dots in stool and also when I wipe. Scared this may be rectal/colon cancer at 18. What are the chances?

Unlikely to be signi: At your age and this is not likely to be colon cancer. It is likely some thing related to either your diet and/or some inflammatory disease of the bowel. Go see a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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My brother passed two years ago with colon cancer so I'm a bit worried now about the bleeding from my bum.

My brother passed two years ago with colon cancer so I'm a bit worried now about the bleeding from my bum.

Get seen: You don't list your family history in regards to colon cancer or his age at diagnosis, but rectal bleeding is never normal, particularly with a history of cancer in your brother. Recommend seeing your family physician with consideration for GI evaluation. ...Read more

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Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.

Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.

Stool softener: If fiber and water and have not helped, try taking a stool softener. It is unlikely that you have cancer, given the lack of family history and your age. When you turn 50, get a screening colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Which cancer is more dangerous: rectal or colon cancer?

Which cancer is more dangerous: rectal or colon cancer?

The higher stage: The one with the higher stage would be more dangerous. ...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 does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

What does stage 4 colon cancer mean?

It has spread: Stage 4 colon cancer involves spread to distant organs; commonly it spreads to the liver, lungs, bones, abdomen cavity. Though these patients can have long-term survival for years in most cases it is incurable. ...Read more

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Can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

Can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

Only: ..If it is low in the rectum and palpable to the finger. Also, if it's causing bleeding, the doctor may do an occult blood test during the rectal exam which if positive, may lead to the discovery of cancer later. Not a great screening test, though. ...Read more

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Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

Somewhat: Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma. They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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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