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Cancer: Colon Message Board

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I'm a healthy 26 yr old male who actively works out and eats fairly healthy. I don't smoke (never have), don't drink nor do I do drugs. I have no real family history of medical illnesses or causes for concern. However, over the past almost 3 years now, I've been experiencing some very odd symptoms of something!!! My stomach bloats up in my lower abdomen region, but not necessarily after I eat. It is somewhat sensitive to touch. Lately, I've been having a dull ache or pressure type feeling right underneath my lower left ribcage area. It' been constant for almost 3 weeks now. My bowel movements have also been very inconsistent ranging from 5 or 6 times a day (diarea) to maybe once with severe constipation. No visible blood, but on two occasions I noticied one reddish spot in the stool (maybe food???) Also, the color of my stool has been slighly yellowish to normal brown at times. I've also had a very inconsistent dry cough for over a year now. I've had several doctors evaluate me and test me, but everything has checked out normal. I've had blood work (hiv, hepatitus, h-pylori, thyroid), ct scan of my pelvis/stomach in April of 2003, mri of my neck(slightly swollen glands)- dr. said no worries here also Apr. of 2003, endoscopy in April of 2003 (normal) a ton of chest x rays (normal). At this point I don't know what to do. I'm not sure if it could be cancer or maybe just ibs. Either way, I have another appointment tomorrow with a new family practioner so hopefully he can refer me to a gastro. doctor. In additon to the above symptoms, I've some slight shortness of breath and inconsistent chest pains over the past 4 weeks or so. Also, had an EKG a few weeks ago for the chest pains, again normal. Has anyone heard of all of these symptoms and if so should I concern myself with cancer worries at my age???? Colonoscopy maybe????? I don't know what to do next. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much ~

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