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Red blood,mucus stool.Dr did rectal exam found lg.rubber textured growth.Scheduled colonoscopy.other than cancer what could it be?45yr,female.Thanks

Benign polyp?

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A rubbery growth could be a cancer but could also be a benign polyp that has not become a cancer yet. At colonoscopy the growth might be able to be removed or might be judges too large to remove safely but pieces (biopsies) will be obtained to tell what it is. The video image is usually very accurate for an experienced endoscopist.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

What is a digital rectal exam?

An exam

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by a medical professional whereby a digit or finger is inserted into the rectum to feel for any abnormalities, check for blood or stool, abscess, tumor, infection or any other mass. In men the prostate can be examined in this fashion as well.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered:

How is a rectal exam performed?

Routine exam

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includes a rectal. Two positions: lying on side, bending over. With women it can be done as part of pelvic lying on back using fingers in vagina and rectum. A glove & lubricant are always used. The exam in men chcecks prostate as ewll as rectum, in women recto-vaginal septum. Stool on the glove is used to detect occult blood. A good exam should be thorough but not painful.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

Can you do a rectal exam on yourself?

I can't

Infection
and don't recommend you do either as you do not know what normal feels like and can cause trauma related issues and infection if not performed properly
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

Digital rectal exam lithomy position?

May depend on doctor

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A good position for a rectal exam is a one where the anus is accessible to the doctor's finger, and the doctor feels he is able to get a really good exam: lying on the side, bent over the examination table, or lying down with feet in stirrup (lithotomy position), etc... The position is not that important. What's important is that the Dr. is able to reach and feel everything he wants to examine.
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Dr. Adam T. Newman answered:

How accurate are digital rectal exam?

Depends

What are you checking for?
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Can the rectal exam find colon cancer?

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..if it is low in the rectum and palpable to the finger. Also, if it's causing bleeding, the doctor may do an occult blood test during the rectal exam which if positive, may lead to the discovery of cancer later. Not a great screening test, though.
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Dr. Arti Jain answered:

How is a rectal exam done in children?

Digitally

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Usually the physician inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the anus of the child while the childs legs are held in a bent position. It is usually a safe procedure.
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Will I need an enema before rectal exam?

No.

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A digital rectal exam does not require an enema. Stool is not normally contained in the rectum, but rather higher up in the upper rectum/sigmoid. If stool is low in the rectum, usually there will be signals to have a bowel movement, which should be done prior to a digital rectal exam.
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What can rectal exam and anoscopy diagnose?

Many things

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Hemorrhoids, fissure, fistula, abscess, condyloma
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