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Can crampy abdominal pains that feel like menstrual cramps be a sign of colon cancer?

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Dr. David Stein
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: It's possible

There are no early signs of colorectal cancer - which is why screening is so important.
Signs of gastrointestinal bleeding and crampy abdominal pain can be signs of colorectal cancer. They can also be signs of menstrual cramps, irritable bowel syndrome and many other minor problems. It is unlikely that the cramps are a sign of colorectal cancer, but you should have them investigated!

In brief: It's possible

There are no early signs of colorectal cancer - which is why screening is so important.
Signs of gastrointestinal bleeding and crampy abdominal pain can be signs of colorectal cancer. They can also be signs of menstrual cramps, irritable bowel syndrome and many other minor problems. It is unlikely that the cramps are a sign of colorectal cancer, but you should have them investigated!
Dr. David Stein
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Dr. Camil Sader
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possible

If the colon approaches obstruction because of a tumor, absolutely.
Abdominal pain and the associated possibilities of diagnoses are endless. It is important to talk to a doctor to obtain a detailed history, a thorough exam, and tests that can confirm or rule out what we suspect you may have. Without this, we can only take an educated guess based on what's common.

In brief: Possible

If the colon approaches obstruction because of a tumor, absolutely.
Abdominal pain and the associated possibilities of diagnoses are endless. It is important to talk to a doctor to obtain a detailed history, a thorough exam, and tests that can confirm or rule out what we suspect you may have. Without this, we can only take an educated guess based on what's common.
Dr. Camil Sader
Dr. Camil Sader
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
If concerned or a strong family history a colonoscopy will help rule this out for you.
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