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How to check for a stomach or colon cancer? Is the only sure way to get endoscopy?

How to check for a stomach or colon cancer? Is the only sure way to get endoscopy?

Yes.: The only sure way is to get endoscopy. Other tests like ct or x-rays with contrast (barium enema, upper gi) can sometimes see a tumor, but even then the scope will be your next test to to a biopsy. A scope is the way to go. ...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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Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

No: Cancer surveillance is usually done with a CT scan. Ultrasound is unable visualize most of the abdomen effectively. A normal ultrasound would not exclude spread of the cancer. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about pancreatic or colon cancer at age 16 if endoscopy was clear? My stomach pain for over two months has really freaked me out

Should I be worried about pancreatic or colon cancer at age 16 if endoscopy was clear? My stomach pain for over two months has really freaked me out

At your age,unlikely: I assume you are seeing a physician for this? i'd certainly cut out the NSAIDs you're taking - will certainly not help. need more details regarding pain - any weight loss, bleeding, changes in bowel habits, nausea/vomiting?? ...Read more

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Can an abdominal pelvic cat scan screen for colon cancer or see a mass in the rectum?

Can an abdominal pelvic cat scan screen for colon cancer or see a mass in the rectum?

Sometimes: Sometimes a cat scan will be able to see a mass in the colon or rectum but it is not a good test for screening for colorectal cancer. There is a specialized type of ct scan that creates a virtual image of the inside of the colon that is sometimes used when a patient is not a good candidate for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I am curious if all the polyps in your stomach are removed then how can you get colon cancer?

Polyposis: It may be that the polyposis syndrome that you are dealing with may be more extensive. Frequently, when people speak about gastrointestinal polyposis, it may involve more than one part of the GI tract. Thus, although the stomach was treated, there may have been more polyps elsewhere. Alternatively, you may also explain this by postulating two separate entities or sites for cancer to start. ...Read more

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What happens if all the polyps in your stomach are removed then how can you get colon cancer?

What happens if all the polyps in your stomach are removed then how can you get colon cancer?

Confused: Stomach is at end of esophagus, then small intestine, then colon, then rectum. One can have polyps in any of these. One can have cancer in any of these. They can happen at same time or separately. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 14 year old to get colon cancer? Or stomach cancer.

Is it possible for a 14 year old to get colon cancer? Or stomach cancer.

Yes, but very rare: Stomach cancer in children younger than 18 years account for less than 1% of all stomach cancer cases. Fewer than 100 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in children each year in the United States. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/unusual-cancers-childhood/healthprofessional/page4. ...Read more

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My 63 yo mom has stomach pain after every meal. She had part of her colon removed due to stage 4 colon cancer yrs ago. Why does she get stomach pain?

Hard to Say: She should probably be seen by her doctor. Is this a new symptom? It is hard to know without more detail and further investigation, but she may be having a problem completely unrelated to her history of cancer such as gastritis, reflux, or ulcer disease, or she may be having an issue related to a recurrence. ...Read more

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If you are a 40-year-old vegetarian--should I check for colon cancer?

If you are a 40-year-old vegetarian--should I check for colon cancer?

Not yet.: Colon cancer screening should begin at age 50 unless you have a family history of colon cancer. While we believe colon cancer to be associated with high red meat diets, being a vegetarian should not exclude you from routine screening. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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