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What happens when you hold your poop in a long time? Do you get anus or rectal cancer?

What happens when you hold your poop in a long time? Do you get anus or rectal cancer?

You get bloated!: There is no evidence that "holding it in" causes any form of cancer. It can cause diverticulosis and hemorrhoidal symptoms! it is better to go when you have 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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I've been pooping bloody mucous 4-8 times a day going on close to 3 weeks now. I have a colonoscopy scheduled. My dad had stage 2 rectal cancer.

I've been pooping bloody mucous 4-8 times a day going on close to 3 weeks now. I have a colonoscopy scheduled. My dad had stage 2 rectal cancer.

Be patient: ... But do not miss your colonoscopy appointment. It will help decide if anything serious is going on to explain your symptoms. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Does constipation and/or holding poop in(while at work) increase one's risk of colon/rectal cancer or bowel cancer?

Does constipation and/or holding poop in(while at work) increase one's risk of colon/rectal cancer or bowel cancer?

Not likely: To avoid constipation, you should increase your intake of fiber foods. Alternatively you could take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. Drink enough water so that your urine is colorless. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is rectal cancer affected by stool?

Can you tell me how is rectal cancer affected by stool?

Rectal cancer: Cancer is very fragile. Anything hard enough rubbing on the cancer can cause bleeding. If one has rectal cancer- it can cause blockage / cause constipation/ change in bowel movement. And if a hard stool rubs on the large cancer tissue-the stool may cause the cancer to bleed. ...Read more

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Rectal cancer symptoms only 18. Was a bump near, not on anus now gone?

Rectal cancer symptoms only 18. Was a bump near, not on anus now gone?

Rectal bump: A perianal bump in as young person is hard to determine, particularly since it has self resolved. Could you have had a boil? was it a blister? Young person, if you are not bleeding , no pain, bump is resolved, healthy. Ia will not worry. Should it recur please see your physician. ...Read more

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Can you provide an exhaustive list of all possible causes of crescent-shaped thin stool (excl. Rectal cancer b/c i just had lar a month ago)?

Can you provide an exhaustive list of all possible causes of crescent-shaped thin stool (excl. Rectal cancer b/c i just had lar a month ago)?

Short list: Assuming your anastomosis is fine and not stenotic the most common cause is your muscles around your anal canal (schinter muscles and puburectalis) are not relaxing appropriately during defecation (animus). The best test for this is a voiding proctogram but would wait 6 to 8 weeks from your surgery (lar) to have this done. ...Read more

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I had lar for rectal cancer 5mo ago. Now, I have a persistent groove line in my stool (same size as before surgery). Normal cea. What's the cause?

Not sure: There is any significance to a groove, but you may discuss this with your surgeon. The procedure uses a circling stapling device to bring the resected ends together, occasionally this is done by hand. Control of your bowels, lack of blood all positive signs. Does not sound like cancer. Talk to the surgeon about your concern. ...Read more

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I've had blood in my stool for years. I've had hemorrhoid problems for a while but it has always been bright red. Chance of rectal cancer?

I've had blood in my stool for years. I've had hemorrhoid problems for a while but it has always been bright red. Chance of rectal cancer?

Low: Why have you not gotten treated for hemorrhoids? You can lose enough blood from these to become anemic. Please see your doctor for treatment and s/he can check you for rectal cancer as well. ...Read more

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What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

Grading: Grading depends on microscopic picture of cancer. Lower the grade like grade 1 better the prognosis. But grading is not the only thing determine prognosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more