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Doctor insights on: Frequent Bowel Movement After Surgery For Cancer

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For the past two months i've had changes in bowel movements, lots of pressure, fullness and upwards movement of food. Afraid of cancer, when to worry?

For the past two months i've had changes in bowel movements, lots of pressure, fullness and upwards movement of food. Afraid of cancer, when to worry?

Not worry - see Dr.: These symptoms sound concerning and you should see your doctor since they are persistent. You don't need to worry, but do need to have these issues evaluated. Cancer would not be the first possible cause on the list, though. ...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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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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Wondering if it's harmful to have an anal bowel movement when wearing a colostomy due to cancer?

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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more