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Does Narrow Stools Mean You Have 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
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
If colon cancer stars causing narrowed stools, is it possible that stools with normal diameter to appear, or they will always stay the same or smaller?
Usually stay narrow: You have a caliber restricting growth "napkin Ring Lesion" that doesn't get better on it's own. Usually gets worse till it fully obstructs. ...Read more
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
What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?
If 'pencil' stool and 'narrow' stool are signs of colon cancer but exactly how thin of the stool consider as pencil stool or narrow ?
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 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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