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Is anal tightness associated with colon or rectal cancer?

Is anal tightness associated with colon or rectal cancer?

Not likely.: Anal tightness on its own is not likely to be associated with colon or rectal cancer. However, if this is an aquired symptom along with hemorrhoids and/or anal fissure, you should see your doctor and get tested/checked out for rectal or colon cancer to be sure you don't have it also, and to prevent you from getting it. ...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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Does everyone who gets colon or rectal cancer get polyps first?

Does everyone who gets colon or rectal cancer get polyps first?

Most do.: Most colorectal cancers arise in adenomatous polyps, which are the type of polyps that are examined for and removed in colonoscopy. Data now shows that removal of colorectal polyps decreases coloretcal cancers as well as the risk of dying from a colorectal cancer. Less frequently, colorectal cancers can be founs that do not arise from polyps. This most often happens in inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Can always being constipated lead to colon or rectal cancer?

Assoc, not cause: Dietary habits that can lead to constipation (low fiber, low intake of whole grains, legumes, fruits and veggies, high fat), can be associated (statistically in populations) with increased rates of colon and rectal cancer. Fiber supplements, vitamin supplements don't help out, diet does. There are other causes for constipation. Discuss with your doc; see a dietician if needed.. ...Read more

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If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

Find a good team: Colorectal cancer with spread to the liver is a hotly debated and controversial topic. Multiple variables include - the location of the tumor, the symptoms it is producing, the location of the liver mets and their potentail for surgical removal. You need an experienced team that deals with this commonly (surgical and medical oncologists, maybe rad onc, as well). Good ct/pet is vital. ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to colon or rectal cancer?

Does IBS lead to colon or rectal cancer?

Probably not: Ibs probably does not lead to colon or rectal cancer. Certainly, no studies have found this. However, some of the symptoms of ibs, particularly ibs with constipation, may delay diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer. It may be harder to notice a change in bowel habits when your bowel habits change from day to day. ...Read more

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Are colonoscopy, endoscopy, and anoscopy all good ways to tell if I had colon or rectal cancer?

Are colonoscopy, endoscopy, and anoscopy all good ways to tell if I had colon or rectal cancer?

Full colon: a colonoscopy would be the best way to look at the entire colon for evidence of colon or rectal cancer. Anoscopy just looks at the end and endoscopy is usually the stomach and upper intestines. ...Read more

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How high would chances be that symptomatic colon or rectal cancer be missed on 3 separate CT scans? Would this be very likely?

How high would chances be that symptomatic colon or rectal cancer be missed on 3 separate CT scans? Would this be very likely?

Possible to miss: The colon has many folds and turns with stool inside it. It would have to be big enough for a ct scan to show it and contrast inside the colon might help identify it on a ct scan. But it can miss a lesion. The best way to see colon cancer is taking a prep to clean out the colon and getting an endoscopy (colonoscopy) that can visualize the cancer and biopsy it at the same time. ...Read more

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What would be the first symptoms of colon or rectal cancer?

What would be the first symptoms of colon or rectal cancer?

No symptoms: Unfortunately early colon and rectal cancer will present with no symptoms. This is why it is important to be screened at an appropriate e age. This typically begins at 50 yrs for normal risk individuals. Rectal bleeding can be a sign which is why this should be evaluated by your doctor if present. ...Read more

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Does food intolerance or lactose intolerance increase your risk for colon or rectal cancer?

Does food intolerance or lactose intolerance increase your risk for colon or rectal cancer?

No: There are many studies done on food intolerances and food allergies, with mixed results in the latter. As far as food intolerances are concerned, it is not felt that there is a link to cancer. ...Read more

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2 years old an possibility of having colon/rectal cancer. What can be done?

2 years old an possibility of having colon/rectal cancer. What can be done?

Confusing question: You say 2 yo and at possible colorectal cancer? Never heard of this.Years ago i recall an 8 yo that was part of a cancer family grouping studied at md anderson. Never anyone this young. I would consider anyone who told you this was possible to be misinformed. ...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


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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