Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and I'm scared.

Both. Can bleed and cause changes in stool caliber or pattern. Getting a colonoscopy should not require a long wait time. Check with your pcp mfor a referral to another doctor performing colonoscopies that may have a shorter wait time.Being 23 yo, less likely colon cancer. Do not be scared of the unknown and see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation in office.
Not clearly. At your age of 23, colon cancer would be highly unlikely. Both conditions can cause rectal bleeding. Hemorrhoids may cause discomfort and swelling at the anal opening. Colon cancer usually has no symptoms in the early stage except possible rectal bleeding.

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Colonoscopy doc found internal hemorrhoids, treatment is not helping symptoms, I can barely poop and only a little. Could it actually be colon cancer?

NO it is not. You have colonoscopy , as per your info. Did not show cancer so you don't have it , why worry? . Now your constipation could be easily managed by high fibre diet lots of vegetables and fruits , less meat and plenty of water at your age of 24 rarely need any medications you will be fine speak to your doctor and go for follow up. Read more...

Would it be possible to develope colon cancer large enough for blockage 5 years after an all clear colonoscopy?

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I am 43, based on my many symptoms and years of chronic constipation, would be wise to have a endoscopy and colonoscopy? My grandad had colon cancer

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Mother has colon cancer (aged 57 at the time, irreversible colostomy) and I have Crohn's (aged 25, diagnosis 2010). How often should I get colonoscopy?

Probably q 3yrs. Colon cancer arises in bowel under several circumstances. Polyps found on colonoscopy contribute to 10-20% of malignancies. The others arise denovo in a field effect secondary to a virus or carcinogen. Another factor is inflammatory changes initiating malignant transformation. As such patients with Crohn's are at risk for developing colon cancer, which at present is best found by colonoscopy. Read more...

I had a colonoscopy 17 months ago could the symptoms previously mentioned still be colon cancer?

unlikely Dx. Some times possible but only 17 months ago you had scope , you have an attack of diverticulits . See your doctor for examination , reevaluation and possible rx of antibiotics , if perforates will be a surgical emergency . Read more...