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Doctor insights on: Floating Bowel Movements Pancreatic Cancer

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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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right abdomen pain and right back pain at times what symptoms would you have with pancreatic cancer? If pain was in this area? Feels tight all around

right abdomen pain and right back pain at times what symptoms would you have with pancreatic cancer? If pain was in this area? Feels tight all around

Unlikely: Pancreatic Cancer is rare under the age of 40, so I seriously doubt that you have this diagnosis. If your symptoms do not settle down with antacids like Zantac (ranitidine) daily, then you should have a physician examine you and may also do a CT Scan of the abdomen which is the best way to check for any hidden tumor/growth or Cancer. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my abdomen, dowd that mean i might have pancreatic cancer?

If I have pain in my abdomen, dowd that mean i might have pancreatic cancer?

Very very unlikely: There are many things that can cause abdominal pain other than pancreatic cancer. Additionally, pancreatic cancer is very rare and even rarer in a 31yo. ...Read more

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How frequent can be CT-Scans be taken and still be considered safe - esp. looking at the abdomen? I worry about Pancreatic Cancer even with IBS-C

How frequent can be CT-Scans be taken and still be considered safe - esp. looking at the abdomen? I worry about Pancreatic Cancer even with IBS-C

Additive exposure : Each ct scan is well within the safe limits of radiation exposure, but each one is additive in terms if exposure, making ct scan a poor choice for any life long routine imaging tool. In other words, the effect of radiation exposure doesn't go away over time. IF you really need serial imaging, maybe MRI is a better choice. (Note the IF part) Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Girlfriend getting very strong pain in abdomen, her sister died of pancreatic cancer a few years ago. She is 21 and vegan if this makes a difference?

Girlfriend getting very strong pain in abdomen, her sister died of pancreatic cancer a few years ago. She is 21 and vegan if this makes a difference?

Question? : What exactly is the question ? There are multiple multiple things that could be causing abdominal pain in a female. I can understand her concern due to her family history but you and her need to understand that out bodies are complex and there are many other things that could be causing her pain. I advise you to have her go to see a doctor for a physical exam and proper diagnostic studies. ...Read more

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Pains in upper abdomen and back. ALT 71. Dual phase pancreas scan normal. Really worried about pancreatic cancer. CT scan reassuring? Thanks

Pains in upper abdomen and back. ALT 71. Dual phase pancreas scan normal. Really worried about pancreatic cancer. 
CT scan reassuring?
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Diagnosing cancer: No one test is 100% perfect but a normal looking CT scan of the pancreas can be reassuring . Very very early stages of any cancer sometimes can be not visible under a CT scan. ...Read more

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Could a change in bowel movements be cancer related?

Could a change in bowel movements be cancer related?

May be: Let corectal surgeon be the boss and guide you, quit sugars, lot of fibrous food, 5veges every day , no red meat, 7 fruits and berries, you are too young with this complaint, must see and m.D asap. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer cause painful bowel movements?

Can if: It is a rectal cancer usually. Actual colon cancers may cause a change in your bowel movement with no pain unless the pain is from constipation or diarrhea due to the tumor. But rectal cancers or anal cancers can indeed cause pain during and after the evacuation. ...Read more

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Blood after a bowel movements - how likely is colon cancer?

Blood after a bowel movements - how likely is colon cancer?

Cannot tell: Without an examination with your doctor. Tumors, polyps, cancer, hemorrhoids? See a doctor. ...Read more

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Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

It depends : If blood in the stool is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common. If the blood or stool is darker (black) and has a 'tar-like' appearance, it is more indicative of a bleed in the upper areas of the GI tract. This is more significant and needs more prompt evaluation and treatment. Seek evaluation by a qualified professional asap to differentiat. ...Read more

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22 year old. Red blood in bowel movements. Is this a sign of cancer?

22 year old. Red blood in bowel movements. Is this a sign of cancer?

Low likelihood, but: Go to a health provider to figure this out. Colon cancer is very, very rare in someone <30 years old. There are many other causes of red blood in stool; that being said, this is something that should be taken care of sooner than later. ...Read more

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I sometimes have rectal pains after a bowel movement ; maybe spasms? Is this normal? Had normal colonoscopy 7 yrs ago. No family history of cancer.

I sometimes have rectal pains after a bowel movement ; maybe spasms? Is this normal? Had normal colonoscopy 7  yrs ago. No family history of cancer.

?FISSURE: It's hard to confirm in this forum, but anal spasm can be a sign of anal fissure, a recurring tear in the mucosa of the anal sphincter. It's usually painful, and can be associated with bleeding. I suggest you speak with your doctor, who may refer you to a general or colorectal surgeon for an exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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Green stools with little black dots in it also when I wipe, should I be concerned? Scared it could be cancer. 18 yes old and one bowel movement a day.

Green stools with little black dots in it also when I wipe, should I be concerned? Scared it could be cancer. 18 yes old and one bowel movement a day.

Cancer not likely: It is highly unlikely that what you described is due to cancer. In fact you stool is probably normal. Unless you have a close family member who got colon cancer in his/her twenties, you do not need to be concerned. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy diagnosed with internal hemrhoids . Stingy with bowel movement.if fisher what can do to relieve symptoms. Could this be anal cancer ?

Had colonoscopy diagnosed with internal hemrhoids .  Stingy with bowel movement.if fisher what can do to relieve symptoms. Could this be anal cancer ?

Hemorrhoids: There are over the counter suppositories that can help with the symptoms. They would likely have identified anything that looks like it could be anal cancer when they did the colonoscopy. Try to drink plenty of water and not become constipated. ...Read more

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Blood after a bowel movements - how likely is cancer?

Blood after a bowel movements - how likely is cancer?

Possible: Not very likely at your age (with some exceptions) but always possible. Blood in the stool is not normal and should be evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: There are many causes or irregular bowels. Dietary fiber, water being the most common. However, irregular ar bowels can be caused by inflammatory, infectios, or neoplastic causes (cancer). If it persists, see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you still have normal bowel movements abd have colon cancer?

Yes: Most patients with colon cancer will either have no symptoms or will have blood in the stool. Colonoscopy is an effective screening tool because it finds early colon cancer (and precancerous lesions) in patients with no symptoms. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's harmful to have an anal bowel movement when wearing a colostomy due to cancer?

No: Depending on where the colostomy is performed, that is transverse colon or distal sigmoid colon, if a large segment of bowel distal to the colostomy is present, this segment does produce mucus and with the presence of bacteria will produce some form of anal bowel movement. ...Read more

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This morning i had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

This morning i had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

Not a specific sign: But any change in bowel habits is a warning sign. Have your doctor check your stool for occult blood. If that is positive, you need to have a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Do i have colon cancer if i have pain on my front right side and back side and change in bowel movement?

Do i have colon cancer if i have pain on my front right side and back side and change in bowel movement?

Many causes: Cancer is one but lower on the list with your age (20). See your doctor who will start the workup and refer you if needed. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more