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Stomach aches. Is that a sign of colon cancer? Or colon pains are down lower?

Stomach aches. Is that a sign of colon cancer?  Or colon pains are down lower?

Could be: Hundreds of conditions can cause stomach aches. Colon cancer is one of those conditions which can cause abdominal pain. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...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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If I have stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms, how can I tell?

If I have stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms, how can I tell?

Depends: Early colon cancer has no symptoms. Later can develop rectal bleeding, change in bowel function with smaller loose bowel movements, and later even colon bowel blockage. Indigestion is not a common symptom of colon cancer. See a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have been having some dull aches in my lower abdomen and just feeling malaise lately. Chance this is colon cancer? Male age 20.

I have been having some dull aches in my lower abdomen and just feeling malaise lately. Chance this is colon cancer? Male age 20.

Very small chance...: Very small chance given that you're 20 years old, but nothing's impossible. You may want to review the many healthtap answers regarding causes ; cures for lower abdominal discomfort, but your best reassurance will come from your doctor after appropriate exam ; tests prove unremarkable. Be well--. ...Read more

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Crampy lower abdomen, aches felt in stomach and pellet like stool. Great grandma had colon cancer at 70 but my grandma and mom are fine? Ibs or more?

Crampy lower abdomen, aches felt in stomach and pellet like stool. Great grandma had colon cancer at 70 but my grandma and mom are fine? Ibs or more?

Crampy abd pain: The symptoms of colon cancer are a change in bowel habits, blood in stools, pain or pressure in abd or pelvis. Your symptoms if normal for you, seem to be more likely related to poor diet, not enough water intake, and lack of exercise. So try drinking more water, eating foods that have whole wheat and are not processed, and exercising. ...Read more

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I am a 60-year-old woman, and I feel movement in my lower stomach like a baby. Could this be a sign of colon cancer?

I am a 60-year-old woman, and I feel movement in my lower stomach like a baby.  Could this be a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: A partial blockage in your colon can cause the bowel behind to work harder to move the fecal stream along. This extra activity may be what you're feeling. You should visit your doctor and have it checked out. ...Read more

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Can crampy abdominal pains that feel like menstrual cramps be a sign of colon cancer?

Can crampy abdominal pains that feel like menstrual cramps be a sign of colon cancer?

It's possible: There are no early signs of colorectal cancer — which is why screening is so important. Signs of gastrointestinal bleeding and crampy abdominal pain can be signs of colorectal cancer. They can also be signs of menstrual cramps, irritable bowel syndrome and many other minor problems. It is unlikely that the cramps are a sign of colorectal cancer, but you should have them investigated! ...Read more

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Stomach constantly gurgling with pain at belly button, pain does not migrate. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

Stomach constantly gurgling with pain at belly button, pain does not migrate. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

No: Colon cancer at your age is highly unlikely. Gurgling is from movement of gas in the intestine. You may need to adjust your diet through trial and error.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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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What are the signs/symptoms of colon cancer? What are the signs/symptoms of stomach cancer?

What are the signs/symptoms of colon cancer?  What are the signs/symptoms of stomach cancer?

Quite different: The symptoms for colon and stomach cancer are quite different, as is the prognosis and treatment. For colon cancer, symptoms do not usually appear until quite late, include blood loss anemia, blood in stool, vague abdominal pain and difficulty with bowel. Stomach cancer may present with weight loss, abdominal pain, and anemia. Prognosis is much worse with stomach cancer. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Would I be able to feel a hard lump in my lower left abdomen with colon cancer. I have a heavy dull feeling there?

Would I be able to feel a hard lump in my lower left abdomen with colon cancer. I have a heavy dull feeling there?

Not necessarily : Usually there is no lump associated with colon cancer unless it is advanced. It sounds like your worried however, and should definitely see your primary care provider for an exam and more complete evaluation. Timing depends on severity of symptoms and your level of concern. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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58 year old female. Pain in lower left stomach and pencil shaped stools. In past diagonised with diverticulites. Could be colon cancer?

58 year old female. Pain in lower left stomach and pencil shaped stools. In past diagonised with diverticulites. Could be colon cancer?

Go see your DR: For your annual stool occult blood test.
Colon cancer usually present with positive blood in stool with anemia. Weight loss, loss of appetite and fatigue could happen at the later stage of colon cancer.
Only a colonoscopy with biopsy of suspicious mass will confirm colon cancer.
Go see a gastroenterologist to calm your mind. ...Read more

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For years I can let my lower stomach (not upper)out a lot where I have fat when I hunch over but not much when standing up straight. Is this bloat or visceral fat? Worried about colon cancer...

For years I can let my lower stomach (not upper)out a lot where I have fat when I hunch over but not much when standing up straight. Is this bloat or visceral fat? Worried about colon cancer...

Probably neither: It could just be weak lower abdominal muscles. This pooch in the lower abdomen is not uncommon in women, especially after having a child. It is probably not bloat or visceral fat, nor is it likely to be a sign of colon cancer.
That being said, if you are concerned about colon cancer, you should discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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My dad, his sis, brother and dad died of cancers (brain, stomach,liver) my grandma had colon Cancer. They found polyps in my colon, bad sign at 18?

My dad, his sis, brother and dad died of cancers (brain, stomach,liver) my grandma had colon Cancer. They found polyps in my colon, bad sign at 18?

What type of polyp: That many cancers may prove to be associated with a familial disorder requiring genetic evaluation. Polyps of colon extremely rare unless there is an underlying hereditary disorder. Important to know whether the polyps were inflammatory or adenomatous lesions that could lead to malignant transformation. Should genetic disorder be found, colon surgery may eventually be needed. ...Read more

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I've seen blood in my stool once in a while, no pain in my stomach. Should I have a lower gi? Could I have colon cancer at 27 years old?

I've seen blood in my stool once in a while, no pain in my stomach. Should I have a lower gi? Could I have colon cancer at 27 years old?

Don't jump to cancer: There are other causes for blood in stool, so don't worry yet about cancer. See your doctor for an exam and stool sample to diagnose the probable source/reason for the blood. Probabilities of cancer at different ages can be factually accurate but can be worthless for an individual case. If you are getting wet, it's not useful to talk about the. ...Read more

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I had sharp pain in lower left stomach for 4 months doc put me on mtetronidzole and levofloxacin pain went away quick but in concerned is this colon cancer or something else?

I had sharp pain in lower left stomach for 4 months doc put me on mtetronidzole and levofloxacin pain went away quick but in concerned is this colon cancer or something else?

Not likely: Left lower abdominal pain which responded to metronidazole/levofloxacin sounds like diverticulitis. If you are in the right age range, however, routine colonoscopy should be done periodically whether this episode occurred. ...Read more

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I have lwr rt quad pn in abdomen and rt back flank. My back hurts most when laying down. I have a CT in 3 days. Fam hst of colon cancer dad & brot?

I have lwr rt quad pn in abdomen and rt back flank.  My back hurts most when laying down.  I have a CT in 3 days.  Fam hst of colon cancer dad & brot?

Many possibilities.: Right lower quadrant pain with radiation to the flank can be many things. Possibilities include appendix inflammation, constipation, kidney infection, kidney tumor, colon tumor, etc. The imaging study will be very helpful. If the imaging study is inconclusive consider having a colonoscopy to be complete. Good luck. ...Read more

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Am i overreacting? I am 19, female. Family history of colon cancer and I am afraid I am showing symptoms. Musty stool, tight stomach, short pains etc.

Am i overreacting? I am 19, female. Family history of colon cancer and I am afraid I am showing symptoms. Musty stool, tight stomach, short pains etc.

I think you're fine: The typical signs of colon cancer are a change in bowel habits and/or stool caliber. Blood in the stool and/or anemia may also be present. The good news for you is that it is rare to see this before age 40. Tight stomach and short (perhaps you mean fleeting?) pains are not typical. That said, a visit with your physician to look into your symptoms would be wise. ...Read more

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Abdominal cat scan show colon cancer?

Unreliable: Specialized cts that are designed to identify colon cancers (ct colonography) are available, but require a specific bowel prep and regimen to be effective. Routine ct scans will miss many small colon cancers that colonoscopy will find--colonoscopy remains the gold-standard. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 14-year old to get colon cancer? Or stomach cancer.

Is it possible for a 14-year old to get colon cancer? Or stomach cancer.

Yes, but very rare: Stomach cancer in children younger than 18 years account for less than 1% of all stomach cancer cases.
Fewer than 100 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in children each year in the United States.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/unusual-cancers-childhood/healthprofessional/page4. ...Read more

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Can a CT on abdomen with contrast show colon cancer if there are present symtoms?

Can a CT on abdomen with contrast show colon cancer if there are present symtoms?

Not always: Unless the cancer lesion is fairly large, colon cancer is not commonly seen on a ct scan. Colonoscopy is the best test for colon cancer. Some places have the ability to perform a specialized ct colonography x-ray exam that may see lesions about 1 cm or larger. ...Read more

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I learned that 5 hour energy drink can cause stomach or colon cancer. Is that true?

I doubt it: It's an irrational glamor mix of caffeine and some common chemicals that are naturally part of your body that probably do very little for you. I would no more believe a claim that this causes cancer than I did when the government agency noted for junk science came out about the possible dangers of sandbox sand. ...Read more

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Will an abdominal MRI show the colon if colon cancer is present? What about the rectum?

Will an abdominal MRI show the colon if colon cancer is present? What about the rectum?

Not best test.: While abdominal MRI can show signal changes as a result of colon cancer, if the tumor / polyp is small, or in a fold, then there's a high probability of missing it. CT colonography is a better test, but has limitations. The BEST test is a colonoscopy (by an experienced Gastroenterologist). In fact, colonoscopy is used to SCREEN for colon cancer in high-risk populations. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime ...Read more

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Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

No: Cancer surveillance is usually done with a CT scan. Ultrasound is unable visualize most of the abdomen effectively. A normal ultrasound would not exclude spread of the cancer. ...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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Stomach pain after 2 months colon cancer surgery? Could it be my cancer is not cured?

Stomach pain after 2 months colon cancer surgery?  Could it be my cancer is not cured?

Many things...: Can cause "stomach pain." many possibilities include viral flu, constipation, intestinal gas, gastritis, stomach ulcers, gallbladder, hernia, intestinal obstruction if vomiting, etc. You need to see your doctor or your surgeon for a physical examination and appropriate testing to be able to tell what you may have. I also do not know the type & stage of your previous cancer for possible risks. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan incidentally detect colon cancer or polyps?

Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan incidentally detect colon cancer or polyps?

Incidental: An abdominal ct scan may incidentally demonstrate the suspicion of a fairly large colon cancer but not small lesions or polyps. A conclusive diagnosis of colon cancer requires a tissue diagnosis by biopsy. ...Read more

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Can my sister survive colon cancer that has spread to her stomach?

Possibly.: Once cancer has spread outside the place it started, it is much harder to cure. If the cancer can be surgically removed from her stomach, or if it disappears with chemotherapy, it's possible she could be cured. But it's more likely the cancer will only be kept in check by treatment and not cured. I'm sorry to give you this news. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


Dr. John Landi
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more