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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses. ...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 irritable bowel syndrome eventually lead to colon cancer?

Does irritable bowel syndrome eventually lead to colon cancer?

No: Ibs does not lead to colon cancer. However, IBS type symptoms may obscure symptoms of colon cancer. So any change in your symptoms should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Sometimes yes: Consult your doctor about your risks of cancer. Only way to know for sure is to get colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome?

What is the difference between colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS has no lesion: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Including Diarrhea or constipation. Compared to colon canceer which can present with similar features IBS has no specific lesion causing the symptoms .It has been theorised that abnormalities in GUT flora (microbiome) result in inflammation and altered bowel function. Any bowel lesion causing the symptoms can be identified on colonoscopy ...Read more

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Is IBS a risk factor for colon cancer?

Is IBS a risk factor for colon cancer?

IBS not risk factor: Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) is not a direct risk factor for crc. You should have a colonoscopy at age 50 or earlier if you have family members with polyps or cancer. You should see your doctor if you are having any symptoms like change in bowel habits, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue or weakness. ...Read more

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Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Yes: Early colon cancer symptoms can mimici ibs. However unlike ibs, colon cancer can progress to more bleeding, and more localized pain, and can obstruction if continue unchecked. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed of IBS 8 months ago.My question is if this was colon cancer things would be much worse by now right?"

Not necessarily: Some colon cancers are very slow growing and may not have significant worsening of symptoms over 8 months. However, the symptoms of colon cancer are usually quite different than ibs symptoms. But having ibs does not mean you might not also have colon cancer. The best way to be sure you don't have that is to get a colonoscopy. In the us screening colonoscopies are advised for all people at age 50. ...Read more

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How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

How rare is colon cancer in a 28 year old female? My family has no history of the disease. I've recently been diagnosed with ibs.

Colon cancer: Colon cancer is rare is young people but can be see in association with diseases such as familial polyposis. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease involving the colon with longstanding colitis are at greater risk of developing colon or rectal cancer than the general population. Patients who develop IBD at a younger age may be at an increased risk when they are older. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with IBS, but I'm concerned about colon cancer which seems to have similar symptoms. What's the best way to distinguish the symptoms, and particularly the type of pain?

See answer: FIRST OFF, IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20'S OR 30'S COLON CA IS UNCOMMON. The incidence increases with age. Colon cancer has NO symptoms in it's early phase. Cancer of the right colon presents with anemia, changes in BM or pain are a very late sign. Cancer of left colon may cause rectal bleeding and/or anemia and eventually a change in BM. see> http://bit.ly/1JhGenE and http://bit.ly/1VlC078 ...Read more

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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more