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Why Is Pencil Shaped Stools A Sign Of 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
If 'pencil' stool and 'narrow' stool are signs of colon cancer but exactly how thin of the stool consider as pencil stool or narrow ?
For how long?: Anybody can pass a thin one from time to time. If this persists for more than a few days, go in and get a rectal from your physician. It's more worrisome to have the caliber decreasing gradually over time. ...Read more
Have it checked: Change in bowel movements can be a sign of colon cancer. It can also be a sign of other non-cancerous conditions of the colon as well, like diverticulitis. If this is a change for you, i would recommend going to a gastroenterologist and having it checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just heard that pencil like stool is a health issue. i seldom have pencil like stool. very rare. should I be worried? is it colon cancer?
If someone has pencil thin stools due to colon cancer would the stool alternate meaning becoming thicker or it will always remain pencil thin?
At what point do I need to worry about colon cancer? I've had pencil thin stool for a week now and can't completely empty my bowels.
Unlikely at your age: It would be very unlikely for someone of your age to have colon cancer, unless there's a strong family history that would suggest a genetic predisposition for such. However, with these pencil-thin stools, you may have an infection or inflammation within the colon which needs identification and treatment. A CT scan and colonoscopy would be in order to investigate this. ...Read more
If someone has pencil stool due to colon cancer, could it go back to normal size or (alternate) or it will become thinner and thinner?
Probably it will: become thinnerGet a more detailed answer ›
25 year old male. found blood on tissue in december. black, tarry stool month later. now undigested food and always pencil thin stool. colon cancer?
Get seen: You should have seen your physician already. Be brave. There are several possibilities. ...Read more
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
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