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Can tailbone pain be a sign of colon cancer?

Can tailbone pain be a sign of colon cancer?

Not likely: Tailbone pain is very common and NOT considered an independent symptom of cancer. If associated with swelling, fever and chills this is consistent with a Pilonidal infection. There are some very rare tumors that can grow in that area related to the spine and the pelvic cavity. Either way if your discomfort does not resolve with rest, time and ibuprofen you should consult your physician.

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I moved my bowels this morning and it was so hard when I went to wipe I saw blood. 41 no family history of colon cancer. Behind feels itch and sore.

I moved my bowels this morning and it was so hard when I went to wipe I saw blood. 41 no family history of colon cancer. Behind feels itch and sore.

Hemorrhoids?: May be some hemorrhoids, and for sure just local trauma. Drink plenty of water daily to prevent hard stools. See your doctor for an exam anyway. No hurry, but within the month. Hope this helps!

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Can tailbone pain and colon cancer be related?

Can tailbone pain and colon cancer be related?

Unlikely: Colon cancer would ordinarily not cause pain in the tail bone except on rare occasions when there is pelvic recurrence from a prior operation for colon cancer.

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Had tailbone pain for couple weeks now. Got worse after riding exercise bike. Hurts if I press or put pressure on it. Could it be colon cancer?

Had tailbone pain for couple weeks now. Got worse after riding exercise bike. Hurts if I press or put pressure on it. Could it be colon cancer?

Doubt colon cancer: What you describe is very common especially in folks who do bike, usually after microtrauma. Read online about coccydynia. At your age and without anything else to say "colorectal cancer", i'd not be concerned, but everybody your age should get a rectal as part of your annual physical; ask to be checked if you visit your physician for your coccyx.

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Feeling a little nauseated, and my lower right abdomen feels a little stiff and tender. No other sx. Male 22. How likely is colon cancer?

Feeling a little nauseated, and my lower right abdomen feels a little stiff and tender. No other sx. Male 22. How likely is colon cancer?

Very unlikely.: The chance of this being colon cancer is almost nonexistent. However, in a young man with new onset right lower quadrant pain, the possibility of appendicitis must be considered. If your pain worsens or persists, or if any new symptoms develop, you should see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck.

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32 yr old female. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer?

32 yr old female. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer?

Colon cancer: 32 F. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer? ANS: Possible but not likely at your age unless you have strong FH of colon CA. I would tell y0ur Dr and have stool checked for blood and have rectal exam and then colonoscopy. Keep me posted.

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20 male, colon cancer runs in family, dad had polyps since 11. I have huge pressure and aching cramp in butt after poop or random. Narrow stool, blood?

20 male, colon cancer runs in family, dad had polyps since 11. I have huge pressure and aching cramp in butt after poop or random. Narrow stool, blood?

Familial polyposis: If early onset polyps you are at risk for familial polyposis also and should be screened soon. Your symptoms could be tied to polyps or something worse, especially if you observe blood in the stool. Get screened!

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Are smelly farts a symptom of colon cancer?

Are smelly farts a symptom of colon cancer?

Unlikely: Unlikely. Here is a good overview on symptoms to look for related to colon cancer http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer/symptoms-and-signs.

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Is intestinal obstruction a symptom of colon cancer?

Is intestinal obstruction a symptom of colon cancer?

All too often: It is not uncommon for colon cancers to not cause symptoms until they reach a size sufficient to block the lumen of the colon; at this point, people will typically present with cramping abdominal pain, severe bloating, and vomiting. These findings often indicate an advanced cancer that may require emergency surgery (+/-stent). The goal of screening is to find cancers before any symptoms develop.

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Is back pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Is back pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Cancer pain: Usually not. Cancers are usually painless until they press on surrounding organs or nerves. Other symptoms for colon cancer should be observed, such as blood in stool. If there is any doubt, please see your internist or a GI specialist for a checkup, especially if you have a higher risk for cancer.

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Is weight loss a common symptom of colon cancer?

Is weight loss a common symptom of colon cancer?

Maybe: It can be a symptom but there are many other reasons for weight loss. A thorough evaluation should be done by a qualified physician to determine the cause of the weight loss.

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Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

No: This is more commonly a late symptom of colon cancer. It is almost impossible to obstruct for right sided colon cancer. Intestinal obstruction can presnet with a changes in bowel habits or constipation.

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Help please! Is anemia an early or advanced symptom of colon cancer?

Help please! Is anemia an early or advanced symptom of colon cancer?

Medium sign: When colon cancer starts to bleed, it shows up as occult blood in stool. As it bleed more, the stool color will turn black or red. Then, when your bone marrow, which makes blood cells, cannot keep up with the blood loss, you get signs of anemia. Then as cancer advances, you can get obstruction or perforation., or even spread to liver or other organs. Important to catch earlier than anemia.

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Is diarrhea a symptom of colon cancer? In the past month I've had 3-4 acute diarrhea attacks, which is abnormal for me. No dietary changes either.

Is diarrhea a symptom of colon cancer? In the past month I've had 3-4 acute diarrhea attacks, which is abnormal for me. No dietary changes either.

Yes and no: Diarrhea can be a symptom of cancer, particularly if your stool appears black and tar like; but there are far more common and more likely causes of diarrhea in a 42 year old. Don't hesitate to be seen.

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I'm only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?

I'm only 22 years old with no colon cancer symptoms except lack of appetite is that really a specific symptom of colon cancer?

No: Lack of appetite is not a usual symptom of colon cancer. Unless you have strong family history of colon cancer occurring at a young age, you are too young to worry about it.

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Is a palpable lump in the side a known symptom of colon cancer?

Is a palpable lump in the side a known symptom of colon cancer?

Maybe: If you have noted a lump that was not there before or has increased in size, get it properly evaluated. It may be colon cancer or any other intrabdominal or abdominal wall tumor or merely a hernia or abscess. In any case get it evaluated by an expert/specialist.

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Would mucus in stool that comes and goes for a bit every few months be a symptom of colon cancer? No other symptoms. No blood that can see.

Would mucus in stool that comes and goes for a bit every few months be a symptom of colon cancer? No other symptoms. No blood that can see.

Unlikely: Mucus is not suggestive of cancer. Unless you have family history of early onset colon cancer, you may wait till you are 50-years old to get a screening colonoscopy. If you are concerned you may do FIT testing to test for occult blood in stool. If that is positive, you should see a doctor. Wish you good health. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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I've heard basically a 22 yr olds chance of colon cancer is pretty much nil is this true? If so why? I only have a poor appetite that's not a specific symptom of colon cancer right? Please explain in detail

You need a workup!: Colon cancer is rare indeed at age 22. So you need an evaluation for your poor appetite--many possibilities, would depend on a physical exam and other heath history. This sounds like a situation where you need a f2f visit!

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What are the main specific symptom of colon cancer? I'm 23 and have a lack of appetite but no other blood or other symptoms and no family history

Phobic anxiety?: Why are you thinking of cancer? Do you worry you have cancer in other areas of your body? You may have a phobic anxiety disorder. Please check with your doctor for further elucidation of fear and possible treatment.

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Is black stool a symptom of colon cancer or ulcer?

Is black stool a symptom of colon cancer or ulcer?

Depends: There are many causes of black tarry stool. The common issue is bleeding in the intestine. Bleeding may be due to ulcers in the stomach, or intestine. Oral iron intake may produce dark stool. Colon cancer is one of the causes of bleeding in the intestine. It would be prudent to see your doctor to determine the cause of dark stools, especially if it is due to bleeding in the intestine.

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