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Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

No: More commonly due to spasm in lower colon. However, sudden change in stool caliber, "pencil thin" stools, cramps, bleeding, nausea, weight loss need evaluation. Ongoing symptoms need evaluation. At the least, this should involve a doctor visit, perhaps other tests. ...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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If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

May be normal: The reservoir of the large bowel is transverse colon and not rectum. One may not be fully emptying that site if having normal BM. The final solution is in colonoscopy where if nothing seen on complete scoping, this would rule out Ca. If such occurs the symptoms may be arising in small bowel and at that point TCT of abdomen would be helpful ...Read more

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Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

For how long?: Anybody can pass a thin one from time to time. If this persists for more than a few days, go in and get a rectal from your physician. It's more worrisome to have the caliber decreasing gradually over time. ...Read more

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I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

No, that is just one: Possiblity. Most likely is hemorroids, then infections, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, angiodysplasia. But you are right, the most deadly is cancer, so have it checked out. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?

What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?

No: Most common cause of bleeding with stool is hemorrhoids. One cannot really tell the cause of bleeding by history alone and people with recurrent bleeding need to have colonoscopy to ensure they do not have any cancer. ...Read more

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If 'pencil' stool and 'narrow' stool are signs of colon cancer but exactly how thin of the stool consider as pencil stool or narrow ?

Any change.: Any change in stool caliber warrants investigation. If one's stool has changed in size (narrow), to any degree, a colonoscopy is warranted. This could be an early sign of colon caner. ...Read more

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Can watery stool mean I have colon cancer?

Can watery stool mean I have colon cancer?

Unlikely: It would be very, very unlikely at the age of 16 to have colon cancer. Watery stools would most likely be related to a viral illness that should last no more than 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is my stool red mean I have colon cancer?

Please help docs! is my stool red mean I have colon cancer?

Not always. : But red stool could mean blood and blood in the stool could be due to cancer. Please see your doctor about this matter promptly even if the stools go back to normal. ...Read more

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What happens if I have tested negative for blood in my stool, does it mean I cannot have colon cancer?

What happens if I have tested negative for blood in my stool, does it mean I cannot have colon cancer?

No true correlation: Stool guaiac to define blood in stool of little value since many tumors do not bleed especially those on the rt. side where bowel content is mostly liquid and will not extract blood from a tumor. In addition internal hemorrhoids can bleed and as such no correlation to malignancy. Colonoscopy every 5 yrs looking for bowel lesions is the most effective screening test at the present time. ...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. Olav Jaren
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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