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Colorectal cancer symptoms at age 15

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I'm a fifteen year old girl, who has been expierencing a wide range of colorectal cancer symptoms.

For example:
-Changing bowel movements (one day I can't go at all, others I have diaherra)
-Fatigue
-Constant headaches
-Stool changes shape (sometimes regular, sometimes thin, ect ect)
-Bright red blood from my rectum
-Painful stomach aches, and abdominal pain
-Burning feeling in stomach and throat when I try to go to the bathroom
-Almost vomiting when going to the bathroom
-Shortness of breath
-Unbalanced (sometimes)
-Low-grade fever
-Mucus in stool

Am I one of the rare teen cases of Colon Cancer?
My doctor seemed concerned and is making me do blood and stool tests. Possibly even a colonoscopy later on.


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replied September 20th, 2006
Colon Cancer Answer A1535
According to the symptoms you describe (constipation/diarrhea, fatigue, headache, blood and mucus in the feces, abdominal cramps, slight fever, heartburn, nausea) you might be experiencing severe colon inflammation (colitis). Colitis can be caused by bacterial infection (Schigela or Clostridium deficiele, for example) or it can have an unknown cause (like in cases of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease). Schigela causes a severe disease called dysentery. Infective colitis can be diagnosed microbiologically (isolation of the bacterium in the feces) and serologically (finding antibodies in the blood). Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are probably autoimmune diseases and they can be confirmed only with a colonoscopy and a biopsy.


Colon cancer, although less possible, might be excluded. It can be excluded or confirmed only with a colonoscopy and a biopsy.


You need medical help from a gastro intestinal internist and an infectologist.
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