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What would experts say? Could a full body ultrasound scan show previously undiagnosed bowel cancer?

What would experts say? Could a full body ultrasound scan show previously undiagnosed bowel cancer?

No: Ultrasound is not a good way to look at the bowel/intestines. There is a lot of artifact from the gas within the bowel that makes things inside the bowel difficult to see. A test for blood in the stool and/or colonoscopy would be better. Sometimes a ct scan or upper GI or barium enema can also help. ...Read more

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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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Would blood tests give any indication that you have cancer in the body? Bowel cancer especially?

Would blood tests give any indication that you have cancer in the body? Bowel cancer especially?

Colon Cancer: CEA is blood test associated w/colon Ca. However, not a good screening test - significant false +, can be high with benign conditions & in early Colon Ca CEA may not be elevated. Current gold standard for Colon Ca screening is colonoscopy. 2 other alternatives- virtual colonoscopy (CT) & a new stool DNA test just recently approved by FDA. Screen age 50, 40 if + family history Colon Ca or polyps ...Read more

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Is bowel cancer lethal?

Is bowel cancer lethal?

Depends: It depends. See my prior answer on colon cancer. The "bowels" can include more than colon cancer, but depending on the stage and other factors gi/bowel/colon cancer can be cured. ...Read more

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Is bowel cancer hereditary?

Is bowel cancer hereditary?

Somehow yes: There is some genetic predisposition in families with hx. Of colorectal cancer. Diet also plays a rol ( low fiber diet increases cancer). Familiar poliposis increases chances of colon cancer. Colon polyps may degenerate in cancer. Small intestine cancers are rare and difficult to find. In general there are families affected by cancers and families affected by atherosclerosis but both together too. ...Read more

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I need some info about bowel cancer?

I need some info about bowel cancer?

What part of bowels: Bowels could large or small depend on location small bowel could be in the beginning called duodenum or the middle called jejunum or the last part called ileum small bowel cancer very rare large bowel start with area called cecum then the right part of the colon then the transverse colon then the descending or left colon then the sigmoid and the rectum and finally the anus each cancer different. ...Read more

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What is bowel cancer and what causes it?

What is bowel cancer and what causes it?

Cancer: Cancer is an overgrowth of abnormal cells, and can occur most anywhere in the body. Intestinal cancer can more commonly affect the large intestine or colon, but also stomach or small bowel less commonly. It is an adenocarcinoma. Causes are uncertain and can be genetic, eating fatty foods, not eating healthy fruits and vegetables, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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What cure rate for bowel cancer that advanced?

What cure rate for bowel cancer that advanced?

See below: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-survival-rates.

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Does a dukes bowel cancer progress to dukes 2?

yes: Duke's classification of colon cancer is relation of tumor to bowel wall , lymph node involvement ( and metastasis ) yes if untreated will progress to next stage ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of bowel cancer?

What are the earliest symptoms of bowel cancer?

None: Early colon (bowel) cancer will have no symptoms. Microscopic invisible blood in the bowel movements can be tested for with a doctor's visit. Colonoscopy can find early colon cancers. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs of bowel cancer?

Could you tell me what are signs of bowel cancer?

Bowel issues: Depending upon where in the colon or bowler the cancer arises and how advancednitnis it can cause different sympts or none at all. This screening is very important with routine stool exams for blood and colonoscopies once 50yo in non high risk patients. Bright red blood can mean a lower colon or bowel problem, dark blood or stool can b due to upper colon or stomach issue. Pain/change in stool. ...Read more

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How does bowel cancer change your overall health?

How does bowel cancer change your  overall health?

Depends: It depends in the stage. Early stage bowel cancer can be effectively treated with survival that often exceeds 10 years. Talk to your doctor about your stage and prognosis. ...Read more

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Is it urgent to have bowel cancer symptpoms investigated?

Is it urgent to have bowel cancer symptpoms investigated?

Depends on which: Symptoms i suppose. But how can you rest with bowel cancer symptoms? Don't you think you should go to a doctor to find out? I don't quite understand your question here, because if you have bowel cancer symptoms as you say, that would be a really really good reason to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the death rate for young people with bowel cancer?

What is the death rate for young people with bowel cancer?

Difficult to say: Bowel cancer prognosis (Large or small bowel) depends on the stage at the time of diagnosis, regardless of the age of the patient. The younger the patient the more aggressive the cancer is. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got bowel cancer at the age of 14 ?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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I think i may have bowel cancer, what are some of the symptoms that would be expected?

I think i may have bowel cancer, what are some of the symptoms that would be expected?

Varies: Most patients have not symptoms in early stages. Symptoms depends on size and location of the cancer. Symptoms may be: a change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation or a change in the consistency of stool), rectal bleeding or blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas or pain), a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying, weakness or fatigue, or unexplained weight loss. ...Read more

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What are the big warning signs for bowel cancer? And are there and additional symptoms some May experience?

Rectal bleeding: is the most common sign of bowel cancer. Changes in bowel habits - constipation/diarrhea usually aren't. If you are asking this question for yourself and you have no family history of bowel cancer, you are at extremely low risk of bowel cancer at your age. You may want to visit your GP for a checkup. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have had two bowel oppstrictions 11 years apart with greaves diease. Wit that should I be concerned about bowel cancer?

I have had two bowel oppstrictions 11 years apart with greaves diease. Wit that should I be concerned  about bowel cancer?

Unrelated: Adhesions ( the most common source of intestinal obstruction) is unrelated to cancer. Grave's disease is also unrelated. But colonoscopy every 4-5 years prevents colon cancer. ...Read more

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What happens if you are female and two male biological family members have had bowel cancer, does it mean a female relation?

No: Unless there is a congenital syndrome that initiates bowel cancer, two members having tumors of the bowel are not that uncommon. There might be some infectious pattern to forming bowel cancer. ZurHausen claims that colon cancer Is caused by te polyoma virus and someone susceptible catching the virus may see this tumor develop. Otherwise there is not familial relationship ...Read more

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Can bowel cancer symptoms come and go?

Can bowel cancer symptoms come and go?

Yes, bleeding: Cramps, pain is intermittent at first. But these are advanced symptoms. For early diagnosis of colon cancer, you need to have colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Endometriosis or bowel cancer, how to tell?

Endometriosis or bowel cancer, how to tell?

Whether intraluminal: Endometriosis representing implants of endometrial tissue on various structures of the peritoneal cavity enlarge with hormone changes causing symptoms related to where they are present. Bowel cancer is an intraluminal lesion that can be defined if in colon, by colonoscopy and biopsy. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

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Colon cancer symptom: Typical symptoms/signs from a local colon cancer include bleeding or back stool from bowel, abdominal pain, unexplained iron deficiency anemia, and/or a change in bowel habits. If abdominal distention, and/or nausea and vomiting occur, this may indicate a bowel obstruction or pending obstruction. ...Read more

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Is bleeding from the butt a sign of bowel cancer?

Is bleeding from the butt a sign of bowel cancer?

Can be: It can be caused by variety of things- including cancer. Nobody knows for sure unless you go to see your doctor and have it checked. One thing is for sure, however, that you would need to have a trip to go to see your gastroenterologist for a GI work-up ( colonoscopy and +/- an endoscopy if warranted. ). ...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