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Does Constipation Cause Colon Cancer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Are there any other conditions besides colon cancer that can cause thin stools and constipation for so long? I have no pain at all, so IBS seems unlikely. I also don't have much of an urge to urinate, either, however, the urine comes out just fine. I also
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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