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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy (external bag) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...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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Please help. White thing in anus. It hurts so and burns and itches. Could it be colon cancer? What do you think it is?

Please help. White thing in anus. It hurts so and burns and itches. Could it be colon cancer? What do you think it is?

Need physcial exam: If you're having this much pain and discomfort, you really need this examined in person. From your description, this is most likely an anal condyloma (genital wart). And given your age, it is very unlikely that this is malignant. But without seeing the lesion to know size, shape, color, location, etc., we can't give you a definitive answer. ...Read more

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I'm 22 with minor anal leakage after bowel movement with anal itching is anal leakage sign of colon cancer?

I'm 22 with minor anal leakage after bowel movement with anal itching is anal leakage sign of colon cancer?

Doubtful: Although rectal/anal cancer can have some leakage issues, it's unlikely at your age. More common would be hemorrhoids causing leakage. Either way, you should see your physician. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and after a bowel movement I have anal itching with leakage what is the chance its colon cancer?

I'm 22 and after a bowel movement I have anal itching with leakage what is the chance its colon cancer?

Not likely: Anal leakage and itching are not common signs of colon cancer, especially for someone your age. However, these are uncomfortable and concerning symptoms and should be checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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Brown thin liquid leaking from anus during the day. Not in large quantity? Is this related to colon cancer? What could cause this?

Brown thin liquid leaking from anus during the day. Not in large quantity? Is this related to colon cancer? What could cause this?

Could be abscess: If you have perianal pain and brownish drainage, you could have an anal fistula or a perirectal abscess. You should be seen by a general or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Said I have an inflamed anus either because of internal hemmrhoid or fissure. Says not to worry. No family history of colon cancer I am 42.

Dr. Said I have an inflamed anus either because of internal hemmrhoid or fissure. Says not to worry. No family history of colon cancer I am 42.

Get treatment: Whether it is hemorrhoids or anal fissure, you should get it treated.
Without family history of early age colon cancer, you do not need to worry about that. When you turn 50, get a screening colonoscopy.
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. 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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have anal or colon cancer without a lump in or around the anus? Again, I'm an 18 year old female. I think I might anal/colon cancer.

Is it possible to have anal or colon cancer without a lump in or around the anus? Again, I'm an 18 year old female. I think I might anal/colon cancer.

Please explain: I think both I and some of my friends have tried to reassure you, but the "bottom line" is that if you're having symptoms here that have lasted two weeks or more, it needs to be seen by your personal physician. Cancer's unlikely, but there are a host of other troubles here that can make you miserable. We can't examine you at a distance. Pick up the phone and get seen. ...Read more

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Worried at 41 have colon cancer cause of streak of blood on stool only when I squeeze and not everyday. Dr. Checked anus said I was inflamed in my anu?

Worried at 41 have colon cancer cause of streak of blood on stool only when I squeeze and not everyday. Dr. Checked anus said I was inflamed in my anu?

Family history?: Hard stool may cause streaking with blood. Take fiber laxative and drink plenty of water to avoid hard stools. Unless a close relative of yours had colon cancer before the age of 50, I would not be too concerned about colon cancer. When you turn 50 that would be time to get a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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My Dr. Said my anus is inflammed that's why I c streak of blood on stool. Do u agree? He said not to worry about colon cancer. I could have hid hemmrh

My Dr. Said my anus is inflammed that's why I c streak of blood on stool. Do u agree? He said not to worry about colon cancer. I could have hid hemmrh

Blood in the stool: Also called rectal bleeding can be caused by many conditions such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, infections, polyps, just to name a few. The proper diagnosis requires evaluation by your physician or GI specialist and in many cases colonoscopy. ...Read more

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My Dr. Says my anus is inflamed and that is why I c blood on stool. Said he's not concerned. I am still worried. 41 no family hist of colon cancer?

My Dr. Says my anus is inflamed and that is why I c blood on stool. Said he's not concerned. I am still worried. 41 no family hist of colon cancer?

? hemorrhoids: I f you were examined and had a rectal exam by your doctor, Most likely you might be having hemorrhoids. But make sure with your Doctor the diagnosis is hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Bright, red blood from anus...Constipation? I'm only twenty, but colon problems are known in my family (colon cancer, polyps). Should I go to gi, or?

Bright, red blood from anus...Constipation? I'm only twenty, but colon problems are known in my family (colon cancer, polyps). Should I go to gi, or?

Bleeding, pain: Intl hemorrhoids can give u bleeding with a bowel movement, blood on the toilet paper or in the bowl. Other things that could cause bleeding are best evaluated with colonoscopy. Usually you would get this at 50 years old. But if there is a strong history of colon ca in the family you should get a scope 10 years before the age at which the youngest realtive got ca. Get one now if bleeding. ...Read more

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My Dr. Said I had inflammation in my anus put me on cream. Was better now I saw blood on stool again. Nervous is colon cancer I am 41 no history of cc?

My Dr. Said I had inflammation in my anus put me on cream. Was better now I saw blood on stool again. Nervous is colon cancer I am 41 no history of cc?

What tests?: What tests have you had so far? If he/she did a rectal exam and saw for example hemorrhoids then that's probably why you had cream prescribed. However, if you have a family history of colon cancer, or the medication doesn't work it is then a good idea to pay a visit to a gastroenterologist for further evaluation. Follow up with your doctor as well as recommended. ...Read more

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26 male. Have had recent bout of constipation. Poo returning to normal but intermittent pressure in anus. Almost like gas. Colon cancer? Prostate?

26 male. Have had recent bout of constipation. Poo returning to normal but intermittent pressure in anus. Almost like gas. Colon cancer? Prostate?

Constipation: Common things being common, you are unlikely to have colon cancer or prostate issues at your age. Constipation is another issue, and I suspect you've still got it. Retained hard stool in your rectum may be causing your symptoms, or a hemorrhoid caused by straining. Try a laxative, lots of water, and adding more fiber to your diet. ...Read more

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Does bright red blood with stool most likely mean colon cancer? My anus area feel itchy afterwards im 22 what are my realistic chance of colon cancer at 22? I have no family history

Does bright red blood with stool most likely mean colon cancer? My anus area feel itchy afterwards im 22 what are my realistic chance of colon cancer at 22? I have no family history

Need an exam: Colon cancer is less common at your age. Sounds more like ananal fissure. Try increasing fiber to avoid constipation. This will help if this is a hemorrhoid too. See your doctor if it continues. He/she can make a recommendation once a definitve diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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2 yrsago I had constipation, I force myselt to defecate and notice a lump in my anus. One time I saw a bright red blood on toilet paper. Colon cancer?

2 yrsago I had constipation, I force myselt to defecate and notice a lump in my anus. One time I saw a bright red blood on toilet paper. Colon cancer?

Get seen: Being constipated like this requires a proper medical workup -- anything from hypothyroidism to porphyria can be the cause. I'm going to assume you stay well-hydrated and get enough fiber in your diet. ...Read more

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Dr. Says I have inflammation in anus that's why see streak of blood in stool. 41 still worried colon cancer no family history of it though. Do I worry?

Dr. Says I have inflammation in anus that's why see streak of blood in stool. 41 still worried colon cancer no family history of it though. Do I worry?

Get examined: You won't be able to calm down until you've got a colonoscopy. Go for it. A streak of blood in the stool is almost always from having passed a hard stool and getting a small tear, rather than from colon cancer. On the other hand, your concern is indication enough for a real exam. ...Read more

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Hlthy 38yo guy-A lot blood on TP after straining to poop-dark poop-slight red water-anus painful. AB CAT scan in Aug ok. % of chance of colon cancer?

Hlthy 38yo guy-A lot blood on TP after straining to poop-dark poop-slight red water-anus painful. AB CAT scan in Aug ok. % of chance of colon cancer?

Hemorrhoids: Blood in stool probably bright red due to internal fissure or hemorrhoids. With previous exam and neg CAT scan one suspects rectal exam was neg and a very strong possibility no relationship to a tumor found. Proctoscopy should be performed and if neg. Followed by colonoscopy to pinpoint nature of bleed. ...Read more

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I'm 22 with minor anal leaking is that a common sign of colon cancer?

I'm 22 with minor anal leaking is that a common sign of colon cancer?

First, there is: Underwear staining versus losing control of your bowels without realizing it. This is not usual cancer sign. You need an exam for sphincter tone and perianal sensation. ...Read more

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Is anal leakage a sign of colon cancer?

Is anal leakage a sign of colon cancer?

Not usually.: Anal leakage is not usually a sign of cancer. It is more likely to be due to a problem with the anal sphincter or to a problem with the consistency of the stool. If it persists, though, it is abnormal and should be evaluated by your doctor or a gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What are the odds of a 33 year old male getting colon cancer? I have loose stool, incomplete evacuation, itch, constipation, urgency. Could it be IBS or something else?

What are the odds of a 33 year old male getting colon cancer? I have loose stool, incomplete evacuation, itch, constipation, urgency. Could it be IBS or something else?

Low risk for cancer: Your worry is understandable and made worse by financial concerns. Check your local area for cash prices, non-insurance clinics and free health clinics. You will benefit from a doctors care, a good gp. Check out the bowel regimens for chronic constipation on healthtap. ...Read more

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22 yr old I am are colon cancer a rare sign of colon cancer? Its not listed as the signs of colon cancer im scared I may have it because of noappetite

22 yr old I am are colon cancer a rare sign of colon cancer? Its not listed as the signs of colon cancer im scared I may have it because of noappetite

Rarely: No appetite (anorexia) is a rare and late presentation of colon cancer. Your age is another reason you are unlikely to have colon cancer. Rectal bleeding, change in stools or abdominal pain/bloating are more common symptoms. Anorexia can indicate other problems so I recommend you see your doctor, especially if it is making you lose weight! ...Read more

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Is farting every 5 minutes a sign of colon cancer?

Is farting every 5 minutes a sign of colon cancer?

No: Passing gas is not a sign of cancer. The most common signs of cancer are bleeding, weight loss, change in bowel habits, and pain. ...Read more

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Is green stool a sign of colon cancer?

Is green stool a sign of colon cancer?

Not specifically: Bowel movement color is not a factor to watch for colon cancer unless you see blood. See a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Type 6 stool for the past 2 weeks. Is this a sign of colon cancer. Before, stool was more solid. Obstruction?

Type 6 stool for the past 2 weeks. Is this a sign of colon cancer. Before, stool was more solid. Obstruction?

Sure, but...: ...would certainly consider non-obstructing or nonmass-related causes, like altered GI transit, medication-induced bowel irregularity, depression, metabolic concerns (e.g. thyroid dysfunction, diabetic gut), neuropathies, infectious and noninfectious enteritis, many more. By Bristol stool scale #6 you're indicating diarrheal stool, correct? ...Read more

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Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: There are many causes or irregular bowels. Dietary fiber, water being the most common. However, irregular
ar bowels can be caused by inflammatory, infectios, or neoplastic causes (cancer). If it persists, see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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


Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more