What does colon cancer make your stool look like?

Grossly normal. Most patients with colon cancer have normal appearing stools. There may be some blood occasionally mixed or covering the stool, but usually this is microscopic rather than obvious. If the cancer is advanced, causing obstruction, then the stools can be narrowed, but again, this is for patients with advanced sigmoid or rectal cancers. The best way to diagnose colon cancer is with a colonoscopy.

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If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

May be normal. The reservoir of the large bowel is transverse colon and not rectum. One may not be fully emptying that site if having normal BM. The final solution is in colonoscopy where if nothing seen on complete scoping, this would rule out Ca. If such occurs the symptoms may be arising in small bowel and at that point TCT of abdomen would be helpful. Read more...

Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Ribbon like. stool which is INTERMITTENT are DUE TO SPASM of the lower bowel (old term ="spastic colon") now this is a part of the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is a DIAGNOSIS of EXCLUSION (other GI problems MUST BE RULED OUT) SO STOP worrying about the "big C" and get yourself checked out by your PCP and at your age a COLONOSCOPY ,may be recommended! Hope this is helpful Dr Z. Read more...

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?

Have or not? Your question is not clear. You are saying you do not have pencil stools? Most importantly, if you have any changes in stool habits, pain, blood in the stool or dark tarry stools, you should see your physician. Read more...
Maybe . pencil like stool can be a sign of colon cancer needs valuation bye gastroenterologist Dr.if it's only happening rarely it's usually not significant. Read more...

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...

Does colon cancer always make your stools bloody?

Yes. Rectal bleeding is one of the signs of colon cancer, especially if it is in the lower part of the colon. The bleeding is caused by ulceration of the tumor and is usually a later symptom. Early cancers and cancers in the right side of the colon may not show visible bleeding, but may show evidence of chemical bleeding that is detected on stool samples. Read more...
Maybe. If having bleeding you should be checked for colon cancer or other problems that can cause bleeding. However you could have colon cancer without any visible signs of bleeding. If you are hi risk, get screened! Read more...

Is it possible to have normal stool with colon cancer?

Yes! Most colon Cancers may not show up in or effect your stool till it is late and quite advanced(enough to narrow or block the lumen of the colon. If there is sufficient risk of colon cancer, then Colonoscopy is the best way to check for Colon Cancer provided the person is 50 years or older( this is the age to begin screening for Colon cancer in an asymptomatic person). Read more...

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...

How often do you have to have thin stools before they think it colon cancer?

One sign. Consistently thin stools can be one sign of colon cancer, but can also result from many other conditions. Blood in stool with thin stools or significant change in bowel habits should prompt you to visit your doctor and schedule colonoscopy. Read more...

What to do if I am 18, ive been told if u have thin stools, its sign of colon cancer. Should I worry.?

Not accurate. This is not accurate. The stool became thin in the very advanced stage of colon cancer. Before the total obstruction of the colon. Usually you ll have many symptoms of colon cancer before the thin stool. Read more...
Should be checked. Thin stools can be a sign of rectal, not colon cancer. "Pencil" stools are caused by the cancer in the distal rectum or anus causing a severe narrowing which allows only a thin stool to pass. If the thin stools continue, you should see you're PCP and may need a colonoscopy. Read more...