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Colon Cancer Symptoms and Diagnostic Protocol

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I feel pretty much constantly bloated(stomach grumbling), my bowel movements are either diarhea or smallish pieces of poop(about a third the size of what I am used to), I have had a small lump(polyp like shape)just inside my anus, and I just got a few days ago a very constant mysterious pain in the right side of my butt(feels like a constant charlie horse). I have not lost much weight at all, nor am I very tired or run down easily. What's going on? Is this colon cancer or something else perhaps???I have no health insurance and I'm 30 years old. Any advice would be really wonderful!

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replied November 29th, 2006
Colon Cancer Answer A1756
Symptoms of colon cancer depend upon a tumor’s localization.
Tumors localized on the right side of the colon (colon ascendens) usually manifest symptoms after the disease has already spread throughout the body and include: weight loss, and general bad health. Tumors localized in the left side of the colon (colon descendens) manifest symptoms earlier because of the bowel obstruction they cause (ileus). Tumors in the left colon are usually accompanied with abdominal pain and constipation.
Other diseases are also responsible for the same symptoms; therefore, clinical manifestations or presence of these symptoms are not enough for establishing a correct diagnosis. Colon cancer causes bleeding, even in very small amounts (occult bleeding). A fecal occult blood test is the first step in the diagnostic protocol. Then, an endoscopic colonoscopy is the next procedure that follows to identify possible problems in the bowels. You can consult a gastroenterologist to follow up.

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