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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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Will long term constipation cause colon cancer?

Will long term constipation cause colon cancer?

Inlikely: Constipation itself does not lead to colon cancer. That being said the acute development of constipation that doesn't resolve with dietary modification and stool softener a can signify the development of a colon cancer and should always be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can chronic constipation cause colon cancer?

Can chronic constipation cause colon cancer?

DIET NOT constipated: Not constipation per se , but diet may a factor: diets high in whole grain, fruits, and veggies have been linked with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, but fiber supplements have not been shown to prevent colo-rectal cancer. Excess red meats and processed meats can increase your colorectal cancer risk and cooking meats at very high heat may create chemicals that might increase cancer risk. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause a fever/headache? I had some red brite spots in stool the other day, today it's gone. Should i worry about colon cancer?

Can constipation cause a fever/headache? I had some red brite spots in stool the other day, today it's gone. Should i worry about colon cancer?

Yes: Those symptoms are common with constipation. The likelihood of colon cancer at your age is low, but if you have had significant changes in your bowel habits or if you have significant family history of colon cancer you should consider a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I have no blood in my stool. Can sudden constipation still be caused by colon cancer? Doctor said I have to retrain my colon by taking stool softeners

I have no blood in my stool. Can sudden constipation still be caused by colon cancer? Doctor said I have to retrain my colon by taking stool softeners

Sure, but...: How to define "constipation?" A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency. On the other hand, an obstructed colon that ruptures, leaks, infarcts can be life threatening if the obstruction is not relieved. Sounds like CA is unlikely to be the problem, but share concerns with UR doctor & get checked. ...Read more

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Does constipation mean you have colon cancer.Im 53 yrs old?

Does constipation mean you have colon cancer.Im 53 yrs old?

Not necessarily: But think about your colon. It has to move heavy load of old stool. Start a bowel regimen with goal of 2 soft bowel movements daily. Water, juices up to 1.5 liters daily, fiber tablets, laxatives (milk of magnesium or miralax), stool softeners, probiotics, and walking are all non-prescription things you can use for your bowel regimen. At 50 your colonoscopy will evaluate for cancer. ...Read more

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Symptoms of colon cancer with sime nausea with little pain constipation for almost 2 years?

Symptoms of colon cancer with sime nausea with little pain constipation for almost 2 years?

Possible : Colon cancer may be discovered incidentally (eg, colonoscopy screening), or may be manifested by microscopic or macroscopic blood in stool or more concerning features suggesting impending bowel obstruction such as progressive abdominal pain, distension and failure to evacuate stool. ...Read more

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

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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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