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I am 36 with no family history of cancer beside leukemia in grandmother and uncle on other side. I began having stomach trouble about 6 months ago while pregnant, a lot of mucus in stool and alternating diarrhea, constipation, and normal stool. After I had the baby I started having bright red blood in stool, but it stopped a few weeks later. I am still having a lot of white to yellowish/brown mucus in stool, I have light stomach cramps on the left side but they do move around too. I still am having alternating constipation and diarrhea and normal stool but more diarrhea. My stool look different too, they have different colors and consistancies, litle light color and then dark brown but not black. I went to ER with stomach cramps and they did a cat scan without contrast, a abdominal xray, and blood work. All were normal, the blood was great, the xray was normal and the cat scan showed no obstruction or diverticulitis.Does this sound like colon cancer? Is these tests assuring?


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replied April 17th, 2008
Colon Cancer Answer A3949
According to your symptoms (mucous and blood in the stools, abdominal cramps, constipation…) there are several possibilities that need to be checked: intestinal infection, ulcerative colitis, Chron’s disease, celiac disease, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, colon cancer etc. A CT-scan, X-ray image, and blood work are not enough to exclude all the possibilities in your case. You may also need to perform an occult blood test, microbiological examination of the stool, and most important – colonoscopy.
You may want to consult an internist about this.



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