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Cancer: Colon Message Board


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I am a 26 year old male who has had digestive problems for some years now. I saw a doctor a few years back and told me I probably just had IBS and to watch my diet. Nothing seems to help. I usually have soft, loose, or watery stools and occasionaly find myself running to the bathroom right after a meal. When my stools are formed, they appear to be skinny and flat. I have had a dull ache in my lower left abdomen for approx 3 years and have had a dull ache in my rectum for appox 5 months. I finally saw a "good" doctor who sent me for a ct scan of my pelvis and abdomen. The scan revealed a "thickening in the wall of the sigmoid colon due to possible inflammation." I was referred to a gastrologist who scheduled me for a colonoscopy next week. He didn't seem all that concerned, but didn't offer many possibilities or explanations of what could be wrong with me. I'm paranoid and have managed to convince myself that it is colon cancer and am dreading the results. Are there any posibilities or explanations for these symptoms besides cancer? I am relatively good health otherwise and have never noticed blood in my stools. The fecal occult test was negative as well. No family history of cancer, however my father(56)had some pre-cancerous polyps removed 5 years ago during a colonoscopy. Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
[QUOTE=C Ross]I am a 26 year old male who has had digestive problems for some years now. I saw a doctor a few years back and told me I probably just had IBS and to watch my diet. Nothing seems to help. I usually have soft, loose, or watery stools and occasionaly find myself running to the bathroom right after a meal. When my stools are formed, they appear to be skinny and flat. I have had a dull ache in my lower left abdomen for approx 3 years and have had a dull ache in my rectum for appox 5 months. I finally saw a "good" doctor who sent me for a ct scan of my pelvis and abdomen. The scan revealed a "thickening in the wall of the sigmoid colon due to possible inflammation." I was referred to a gastrologist who scheduled me for a colonoscopy next week. He didn't seem all that concerned, but didn't offer many possibilities or explanations of what could be wrong with me. I'm paranoid and have managed to convince myself that it is colon cancer and am dreading the results. Are there any posibilities or explanations for these symptoms besides cancer? I am relatively good health otherwise and have never noticed blood in my stools. The fecal occult test was negative as well. No family history of cancer, however my father(56)had some pre-cancerous polyps removed 5 years ago during a colonoscopy. Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.[/QUOTE]

When I was diagnosed with colon cancer all of my children and immediate family had a colonoscopy per request of my surgeon. So if your day had some pre-cancerous polyps removed I would just insist that your doctor did it. I have meet so many that are in their 20 and early 30 with colon cancer. It is the gold standard and if all looks good you can work on keeping your risks down by exercise, good diet etc. Best luck and post your follow up. I tried for over two years to get screened and when they finally did it was too late. I have stage 4 and given only a little time left. Jthorp





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