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Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

No: More commonly due to spasm in lower colon. However, sudden change in stool caliber, "pencil thin" stools, cramps, bleeding, nausea, weight loss need evaluation. Ongoing symptoms need evaluation. At the least, this should involve a doctor visit, perhaps other tests. ...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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Can holding your stool in cause colon cancer when you are 50?

Can holding your stool in cause colon cancer when you are 50?

No!: But it's not a good idea! when your body sends you the signal that is time to move her bowels, you should listen. It's really pretty smart. Obviously, one cannot always get to a bathroom when we get that signal. But if you do, go move your bowels. Your colon, rectum, and especially the hemorrhoidal veins will thank you (prevent hemorrhoids!) good luck! ...Read more

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Can you have colon cancer that causes flat stools two years after clean colonoscopy?

Can you have colon cancer that causes flat stools two years after clean colonoscopy?

CA 2 y postcolonsocp: Possible if they missed one before or if you have strong family Hx of colon cancer. Need more details. ...Read more

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If 'pencil' stool and 'narrow' stool are signs of colon cancer but exactly how thin of the stool consider as pencil stool or narrow ?

If 'pencil' stool and 'narrow' stool are signs of colon cancer but exactly how thin of the stool consider as pencil stool or narrow ?

Any change.: Any change in stool caliber warrants investigation. If one's stool has changed in size (narrow), to any degree, a colonoscopy is warranted. This could be an early sign of colon caner. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer usually cause bright red blood in your stool or is the blood darker in color?

Does colon cancer usually cause bright red blood in your stool or is the blood darker in color?

Usually occult...: It is usually not "red"-ily visible until late in the disease. Then it can be dark or bright, depending on rate of loss and location of leakage, as tends to darken with more time in GI tract. Also may be associated with narrowed caliber of stool. If concerned, see dr for fecal blood testing & if positive, referral for colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Worried at 41 have colon cancer cause of streak of blood on stool only when I squeeze and not everyday. Dr. Checked anus said I was inflamed in my anu?

Worried at 41 have colon cancer cause of streak of blood on stool only when I squeeze and not everyday. Dr. Checked anus said I was inflamed in my anu?

Family history?: Hard stool may cause streaking with blood. Take fiber laxative and drink plenty of water to avoid hard stools. Unless a close relative of yours had colon cancer before the age of 50, I would not be too concerned about colon cancer. When you turn 50 that would be time to get a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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23 .F No cancer history. Since 2 days inconsistency in BM. I go once a day but find hard to release. Lil narrow stools. Got gas.no blood Colon cancer?

23 .F No cancer history. Since 2 days inconsistency in BM. I go once a day but find hard to release. Lil narrow stools. Got gas.no blood Colon cancer?

Unlikely: A diagnosis of cancer of the intestines at 23 yr of age is very unusual. If you are constipated and there is larger piece of stool blocking passage of stool, this may cause thinner stools. Try to have more fiber in your diet and stay hydrated. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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