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Does colon cancer hurt?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms.
Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck.

In brief: Usually not

Early stages of colon cancer often have no symptoms.
Colon cancer has long developmental stages starting out as polyps and can take yrs to develop, hence screening colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs for normal folks. Polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancer can cause pain by obstructing bowel, spread to liver, bone, brain, lung etc. See doc regulalry. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No

In general, no, cancer itself does not cause pain.
But if cancer spreads to other organs, spreads to bones, or causes intestinal blockage or obstruction, then pain at those various sites can then occur. That would be a sign of advanced metastatic cancer.

In brief: No

In general, no, cancer itself does not cause pain.
But if cancer spreads to other organs, spreads to bones, or causes intestinal blockage or obstruction, then pain at those various sites can then occur. That would be a sign of advanced metastatic cancer.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. James Gulley
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: It depends

It doesn't usually hurt until the cancer has become large and blocking passage of colon contents or is pushing on something or has spread.
Usually it has no symptoms when it is diagnosed.

In brief: It depends

It doesn't usually hurt until the cancer has become large and blocking passage of colon contents or is pushing on something or has spread.
Usually it has no symptoms when it is diagnosed.
Dr. James Gulley
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