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What Are The Symptoms Of Colon Cancer In Women
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more
I wondered if anyone could give me the symptoms of colon cancer, a little detail on them too. Could I have it at 18?
Usually None: Colon cancer frequently will develop without symptoms until rather advanced. It would be exceedingly unusual for an 18 yr old to develop it in the absence or an underlying condition like hereditary polyposis or peutz–jeghers syndrome. Common symptoms would include change of bowel movements, blood in the stools (often not apparent without testing). Some cancers will present with bowel perforation! ...Read more
Here are some...: Every life event including colon cancer not only is a process of lifelong making, but displays on its pattern of full spectrum. Likewise, for colon cancer, at its early stage, no symptom but incidental finding found on routine colonoscopy; at its late stage, gross colon bleeding or bowel obstruction may evidence; at its middle path, symptoms are in between. More? Ask doc timely. ...Read more
Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?
Occasionally similar: Colon cancer usually presents with signs of rectal bleeding or from a systemic view, abdominal distention secondary to bowel obstruction. Ovarian cancer most often shows up at the time of metastasis when ascites associated with abdominal distention but secondary to the accumulation of fluid in the periotoneal cavity. An abdominal CAT scan will readily show the difference between the two. ...Read more
You can't always.: Symptoms for colon cancer and ulcerative colitis can be similar. These include weight loss, changes in bowel habits, diarrhea, and sometimes blood in the stool. The only way to rule out colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. If you have a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, you are at a higher risk of getting colon cancer. So see a doctor for any of these symptoms! ...Read more
Depends on location: If right sided may present with anemia (common). If large, some patients present with obstructive symptoms that require a bowel diversion. If metastatic can present with weight loss if extensive. One of the most common is detection of blood in the stool when a physician performs a rectal exam. Many variations of presentation. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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