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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...

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...

Why is it you hear about people who had squeaky clean colonoscopies only to have full blown colon cancer two years later?

Lynch syndrome. A majority of folks who will get colon cancer have some benign polyps first. Someone carrying of of the lynch family of mutations is likely to get colon cancer out of the blue, with no preceding polyp. You're still smart to get 'scoped every so often, and people known to the lynch's get scoped perhaps yearly. Read more...
Sometimes. There are flat lesions that can be missed on colonoscopy and there are also rapidly growing tumors to explain this. Read more...

Mom had colon cancer 10 years ago. I had a colonoscopy in 2006 and it was clean. When should I have another one? I'll be 35 in may.

Speak to family doc. I recommend speaking to your family doctor to discuss your case and based on your history have a health exchange of your options. Wishing you the best. Read more...
Now. With the family history, you can get a colonoscopy every 5 years, and then depending on several normal scopes, the GI specialist may lengthen your time interval. But since your last one was in 2006, you would be able to get another one now. Also, depending on if your scope showed, or will show any polyps, the specialist may shorten the time interval. Keep up the good work with your screening. Read more...
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...
Colon Cancer Risk. This question is generating differences of opinion. In my practice i always look to my patient's GI specialist notes to see what they have recommended. After a colonoscopy the expert will usually recommend follow up colonoscopy in one, three, five, or seven years. I would bet your doctor has the answer you seek on when you need your follow up colonoscopy. It has been seven years so it may be now. Read more...