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Having rectangle stool. Had clean colonoscopy 20 months ago with good prep. What are the chances colon cancer would be causing this?

Low Chance ; BUT. At 40, a colonoscopy which shows no cancer less than 2 years ago is reassuring. Regardless, ASK your doctors advice about these new symptoms. Anorectal diseases such as hemorrhoids and fissures can cause changes to bowel caliber, but a thorough evaluation of the area needs to be done. While colon cancers are uncommon to grow in such a short span, it is not impossible. In short, see your doctor!! Read more...

My father had stage 2B colon cancer, do I have to undergo colonoscopy at a later age? What age is advised?

What genetic risk? There are now recognized multiple distinct biologic pathways that lead to colon cancer. Depending upon the age & location of the cancer(s) in your first generation relatives, you may be at higher risk. Another consideration relative to needing earlier re-colonoscopy is your present clinical course--do you have colitis, bleeding, change in bowels, weight loss, abdominal pain? Check with your doc. Read more...
Yes. In the United Stated we recommend the first colonoscopy at age 50 then every 5 years provided nothing was notable like polyps or medical condition like ulcerative colitis I would recommend since a parent had colon ca you follow the course life long. Read more...

I have my father and uncle who have colon cancer. What age recommended for colonoscopy? Occult tests were negative in my family. Thnks

Early colonoscopy. Normally you would advance your first colonoscopy to age 40, from the standard age of 50, but if your father and uncle were diagnosed with colon cancer before age 50 you could start your colonoscopies as early as age 30-35. Read more...
Normally after 50. In the United States, screening is recommended between the age of 50 and 75 years with sigmoidoscopy every 5 years and colonoscopy every 10 years. Fecal occult blood testing of the stool is typically recommended every two years, and can be started at 40. For those at high risk, screenings usually begin at around 40. Read more...
Depends. Typical recommendation to begin screening is at 50 yrs of age. With a family history such as yours, you might begin earlier, typically 10 years prior to the age of your youngest family member afflicted with colon cancer. If your father was 50 yrs old (young), start at 40 yrs. Occult blood testing is acceptable screening, but i would opt for a colonoscopy if able to have one performed. Read more...

Paranoid about colon cancer. Great grandmother had it at 70. had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

NO. First see your doctor for examination and preliminary tests in office , if indicated will tell you. Just one relative having colon cancer is not enough to implicate genetics At 24 need to have a definitive indication (s) for colonoscopy . . Read more...
Familial colon cance. While it's good to be concerned about your health, we don't want you to become paranoid! With regards to colon cancer, average risk doesn't increase until 50+ at which point we recommend some form of screening. Familial colon cancer is a consideration if parents or siblings have similar diagnosis. But one great grandparent doesn't qualify & certainly not if dx'd at 70yo. See http://goo.gl/F1kKqL. Read more...
Not likely. Unlikely that you have colon cancer as such a young age, but there's no harm n consulting a gastroenterologist, especially if the symptom persist. Read more...
Maybe. A single pencil stool means nothing. If you're not better in a few days, get with your physician for a rectal exam. The stool caliber changes that cancer causes develop over weeks. However, your anxiety is understandable, and you may be a candidate for early screening. Best wishes. Read more...

My father's stool is lumpy or thin. His RBC is less and hamemoglobin also lil less, He is worried he is having colon cancer. He is 54 yrs.?

Needs colonoscopy. Even if he had no problems we are supposed to start routine colorectal cancer screening at age 50. The best care practice to do so remains colonoscopy although there are many other tests that are also done such as checking stool for blood, barium enema, sigmoidoscopy to name a few. If he has already had one it depends when. If it was more than 1-2 years ago it can be repeated if symptoms arise. Read more...
Yes You must. take to his doctor first after preliminary examination and routine tests will refer him GI specialist for colonoscopy at 54 is indicated for screening . Get it done as soon as possible. Read more...