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Does blood in stool always mean cancer?

Does blood in stool always mean cancer?

Not always: Hemorrhoids, non-cancerous polyps, some colon infections, and arteriovenous malformations are just some non -cancerous causes of hematochezia (red bleeding). Ulcers and gastritis are causes of upper GI bleeding that is frequently melena ( black tarry stools). Crohn's disease can cause melena or hematochezia. ...Read more

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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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Does poop sticking to the toilet mean colon cancer?

Does poop sticking to the toilet mean colon cancer?

No: The consistency of stool is not effected by the presence or absence of cancer of the bowel. The diameter may be narrowed and blood may be present but adherence of stool to toilet un related. We have found that the tumors do shed surface protein into the stool that may be of diagnostic importance but again consistency not effected by presence of tumor but possibly diet. ...Read more

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Does high calprotectin mean bowel cancer?

Does high calprotectin mean bowel cancer?

Sometimes.: Calprotectin is a biochemical test for intestinal inflammation. As such, anything which increases intestinal inflammation, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, infectious colitis, and bowel cancer can yield positive results. There can also be false positives from certain gastrointestinal medications. If yours is high, you should discuss it with your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...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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What does pooping blood clots mean?

What does pooping blood clots mean?

Go to ER: You are bleeding in your GI tract and this can be life threatening. Get off the computor and go to er now. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer always make your stools bloody?

Does colon cancer always make your stools bloody?

Maybe: If having bleeding you should be checked for colon cancer or other problems that can cause bleeding. However you could have colon cancer without any visible signs of bleeding. If you are hi risk, get screened! ...Read more

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What can blood in stool mean after colon resection?

What can blood in stool mean after colon resection?

Bleeding: It depends. If it is bright red blood it could be an area of irritation at surgery site or anastomosis, an ulcer, a blood vessel or other complication of surgery. Other conditions unrelated to surgery such as hemorrhoids and diverticulosis can result in bleeding. You need to talk with your doctor to clarify what you are noting. ...Read more

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Does toilet paper cause colon cancer?

Does toilet paper cause colon cancer?

Toilet paper Ca?: Never heard this one before. What kind of crap are you reading? I recommend using uptodate.com for medical information and nothing else. Beware of becoming a cyberchrondriac. ...Read more

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Does low back pain/constipation signify colon cancer.

Does low back pain/constipation signify colon cancer.

Colon cancer: Those 2 are nonspecific symptoms but weight loss, change in bowel habits, bleeding per rectum, hx of polyps, family hx of colon cancer or any combination of these things should warrant proper evaluation by a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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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

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Does vaginal and rectal bleeding mean cancer?

Does vaginal and rectal bleeding mean cancer?

Not necessarily: Don't make assumptions - just get it medically assessed. Take care. ...Read more

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Does green stool means cancer? I sometimes have this problem along with pellet like stool and constipation. Does this mean colon cancer?

Does green stool means cancer? I sometimes have this problem along with pellet like stool and constipation. Does this mean colon cancer?

No: Color of stool is affected by your diet. It does not mean one has colon cancer. However, if you see bright red blood/bleeding in your stool- then you should see your doctor for more evaluation to see where is the source of the bleeding. You definitely need to make sure you hydrate ( drink water) yourself and increase intake of fibers to help your constipation. ...Read more

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Does thyroid cancer cause blood in stool?

No: This is not something routinely seen with thyroid cancer. It's somewhat possible that this could happen if the cancer had spread to involve the GI tract but this isn't a common occurance either. ...Read more

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What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

Maybe: Coughing blood is a classic sign of lung cancer, but may also be seen with acute infections, chronic bronchitis, or even dental disease. This should always be worked up to rule out lung cancer (or head and neck cancer) and not assumed to be secondary to something beingn. The prognosis for lung cancer is dramatically improved with early diagnosos, often made difficult by the lack of early symptoms. ...Read more

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If the colonoscope detects abnormal growth in my rectum, does that mean I have colon-rectal cancer?

If the colonoscope detects abnormal growth in my rectum, does that mean I have colon-rectal cancer?

Not necessarily: Any polyp benign or malignant is abnormal growth. Should be biopsied to determine what it is and seek appropriate intervention. ...Read more

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What does pasty stool means when colonoscopy is done?

What does pasty stool means when colonoscopy is done?

Pasty stool: Is generally a mild form of constipation resulting from being dehydrated. Adding 40-40 extra ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily should resolve this problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean to bleed "out" from colon cancer?

What does it mean to bleed "out" from colon cancer?

Hemorrhage: "bleed out" is jargon for significant blood loss. Generally requires intervention like transfusion, surgery, or embolization. ...Read more

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Bilirubin 74 in metastic colon cancer pt, what does this mean ?

Uncertain: This sounds like an extraordinarily high value, and indicates either blockage if the bile flowing out of the liver, or failing liver function. It may or may not be due to the cancer, but is typically an ominous sign. Talk more about this with the treating physician. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does blood in stool signify?

What does blood in stool signify?

Many causes: Blood in the stool can be caused by a variety of problems. You need to be seen by a health care professional. ...Read more

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Does spitting blood mucus means ulcer?

Does spitting blood mucus means ulcer?

Possibly: Spitting up blood, vomiting or coughing up blood are all serious issues. You should get this checked out. There are many potential causes and ulcers are one of them. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more