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Tailbone Pain And Colon Cancer
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Cancer of the colon: Cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). There are estimated 103, 170 (colon); 40, 290 (rectal) new cases and 51, 690 (colon and rectal combined) deaths from colon cancer in us in 2012. Screening with colonoscopy started at age of 50. ...Read more
Cancers: Cancers are abnormal, rapidly growing cells that do not know when to stop growing. These abnormal cells can damage local tissues, can attach to nearby organs or structures, can spread to lymph nodes, or can spread to other organs through the blood stream. Their growth damages what they are attached to, and often cancers encourage new blood flow to themselves. Cancer can grow in the colon. ...Read more
Not always: Colon cancer tends to not have any signs or symptoms when it is early (when it is easiest to treat). That is why screening colonoscopies are so important, to remove any polyps that may become cancer, and to directly look for cancers. Colon cancer can cause bleeding from the rectum, tiredness from anemia, stool changes, or abdominal pain. Other things can cause this too. Best to be seen if? S. ...Read more
Early detection!: The best thing that improves the chances of curing colon cancer is early detection. So preventive health care and screening are key. All adults should have a colonoscopy at age 50 to look for cancers or early cancers, usually as polyps. If you have a strong family history or certain conditions it is recommended you get earlier screening. Once detected, colon ca usually is cured by surgery, or drugs. ...Read more
Very complicated: Monoclonal theory says that just like we are a living thing, we are born, we have jobs to do and then we die, each cell has a similar cycle of birth, life, and death. Cancer occurs when a cell develops so many mutations that it does not follow that cycle and does not die but can still divide itself and hides from our immune system which is there to detect abnormal cells and destroy them. ...Read more
Genes: Most colon cancers are not inherited. However, there is a subset which is associated with inherited genetic abnormalities such as hereditary polyposis a this hereditary non polyposis gene (hnpp). There are also syndromes that make you susceptible to a variety of different cancers including colon cancer such as lynch syndrome. ...Read more
None really...: In the majority of patients (over 80%), colon cancer is silent. Symptoms and signs of altered stool pattern or appearance, weight loss, blood in the stool are often late manifestations of advanced disease. Unfortunately, these signs are nonspecific, and can present with many other GI issues--so don't freak out if you are experiencing them. Just get checked. ...Read more
Any symptoms?: It is very rare that you would at your age, but our med school had a scholarship named for a 26yr old med student who passed from colon cancer. If you are having symptoms, such as bleeding with bowel movements, unexplained pain or pressure, weight loss, or have a family history, or have other issues like inflammatory bowel disease, see your doc for some easy tests and go from there. Best of luck! ...Read more
Colon cancer: Colon Cancer may have no apparent signs until late in its course, such as bleeding in the stool, early satiety, bowel pain or discomfort, a change in bowels (diarrhea/constipation/consistency of stool). That is why it is important to get your routine screening tests at age 50 or younger if with a family history, and see your dr for regularly scheduled visits. Also, Never SMOKE or QUIT if you do! ...Read more
Signs or symptoms can include any of the following, change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation, change in the consistency of your stool, rectal bleeding or blood in your stool, persistent abdominal pain
a feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely, weakness or fatigue from anemia. Also unintentional significant weight loss can be a sign. See your md if these occur. ...Read more
Combination: Environmental and genetic factors can increase the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer. 70% of cases are sporadic cases, only about 10% is a true inherited cancer and approximately 25% is familial type. Some risk factors include- inflammatory bowel disease, dietary habit (processed red meat), dm, alcohol, growth hormone, obesity, cigarette, immunosupressant, age, etc. ...Read more
Heredity: This is the major factor that everyone agrees increases risk, but many colon cancer patients have no family history. Diet and especially meat eating have given contradictory results when studied. Ulcerative colitis and some other illnesses greatly increase risk. Screening is key to surviving colon cancer. ...Read more
For the most part.: Early detection via colonosocpy, not ignoring symptoms such as bleeding, change in bowels, anemia, unintentional weight loss, and not assuming all rectal bleeding is from hemorrhoids are some ways to reduce your chances and maybe prevent colon cancer from developing. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for colorectal ca screening. Flexible sigmoidoscopy plus a barium enema are a less expensive alternative. Recently, special cat scans have been used as a less invasive screening alternative, however, if an abnormality is seen, colonoscopy is then necessary. ...Read more
Possible: But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: We can check for blood in the stool and that will catch about 50% of the colon cancers. Current recommendations also include colonoscopy starting at age 50 which will catch most of the cancers and is our most powerful tool in preventing colon cancer. Polyps that will go on to form cancer are found during the colonoscopy. This should be done every 10 years. People at high risk would have more frequ. ...Read more
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