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    Bowel cancer is often referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, and refers to a cancer that forms in the large bowel. Read more →

    i am a 30 year old woman and i have fresh rectal bleading when i go to the bathroom but i also blead when i dont poo and have blood clots mucus the runs lower left abdo pain swelling abdo tummy id rock hard and i have some pain under my ribs i am animia as well my doc as said following a blood test she thinks its colon cancer .. can colon cancer be picked up by a blood test ?





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    I am 37 5 years ago I had testicle cancer I had right testicle removed I have since this been in pain in my leg and back I just been to the gp as I have night bio markers he has sent me for a scan is this colon cancer my poo is skinny very dark and only poo like every 6_7 days and then I have to manually extract it





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    For the past couple of months when I go to the toilet to poo there is a lot of blood in the toilet and it can be painful. And sometimes after I am very sore and it can hurt to sit. Sometimes I can have very thin poo as well. I am scared because I heard that it can be a sign of colon cancer,although I am only 18





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    Please get it checked could be something less scary x and easily managed x

    Hi I have piles but I bleed now an gain but this time I used a serposatrie an after it made me go to toilet but they was blood init plus a little clot is that normal I keep worrieing that I have cancer as I lost a auntie that died with cancer an mi mam as got breast cancer an bone cancer so it really is worrieing me .





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    Hi, I've recently had a colonoscopy due to the following symptoms: 1. Hip Pain 2. Testicular Pain (ultrasound completed, all fine) 3. Back Pain 4. Blood on toilet paper 5. Joint Pain in fingertips 6. Dry Skin/Eczema/Psoriasis 7. Persistant Diarrhea The colonoscopy found some inflammation where the colon meets the small intestine. Biopsies were taken. I have been back to the specialist who informed me the biopsies came back 'no abnormalaties detected'. He believed the inflammation was probably due to the Naproxen I had been taking for symptoms 1, 2 and 3 mentioned above which I had stopped taking approx 6 weeks prior to the colonoscopy. He also informed me that I have a few scattered diverticula, and most likely IBS. Most of the above symptoms have abated, but I still have symtoms 5, 6 and 7. Also, over the last week I have had constant pain in the small intestine area which is very painful when palpated. This has been coupled with diarrhea. I am concerned that the colonoscopy could have missed something in the small bowel, that could have caused the inflammation in the colon. I am specifically concerned that it could be cancer of some description as before all these symptoms (which began in October 2011) I have been a very healthy 32 year old male. I have been to and fro the GP many times, and I feel I am not being listened to. Any advice or help much appreciated. ps. Is there a section on this website where I can send this to one of the doctors associated?





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    my son is sufferingthis problem of excess flatulence and i myself have also suffered for thirty years and had colon cancer recently.i don't want his life ruined,his opportunities narrowed in every way because of this.It's more debilitating socially than many other extreme disabilities and i think it would be very worthwhile if embarrissing bodies took this up and really campaigned to get ibs dealt with and sufferrers supported like u would if u had cancer.this leads to depression,nerves and anxiety.I have bought my son up without shame about bodily functions but we can't control the rest of society orbullying ,ridicule etc.and what do i tell teaschers etc i?even drs are so disparaging about this proble.I'd like to see them cope with meetings and consultations and performing surgery if this happened not 50 times or 12 times a day as it apparently does for these perfect bodied women-but almost continually.I feel this is urgent,my son is missing out on social occasions too. PLEASE EMB BODY DRS,WRITE A REPLY,LEND SUPPORT,TAKE THIS CAUSE UP,AND YOU DON'T NEED TO USE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO THIS WOULD STIGMATIZE,AS A PROGRAMME-I'M SURE THE NATION WOULD BE INTERESTED.hOW DO WE DIFFER FROM OTHER ANIMALS AND WHY DO SOME PEOPLE PRODUCE MORE METHANE,IS THIS TO DO WITH BREATHING?THANK YOU.WE ARE DESPERATE AND I HAVEN'T SEEN ENOUGH HELP FEEDBACK ON THIS SITE-BUT A GREAT PROGRAMME.





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    I agree with you whole heartidly,i have suffered for years with the same problem. Have a good healthy diet and excercise 4 times a week. It makes no difference what i eat or what i do but it is a very real handicap to a social life. Sorry i have no answers, tried everything.

    My mum recently died of bowel and liver cancer...as did my grandad...and to be honest all over my family have some form of cancer...is there a test to see if i carry the cancer gene that i can do?





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    I have become worried about my stools. I usually go once per day in the morning but recently have also been going (albeit only small amount) in the afternoon too. Also I have been reading about the shape of stools and if they are not round this could mean a blockage in the colon. Some sites describe them as being pencil thin, but does this mean all around as mine appear slightly flat on one side. I have had diarrhea but only for 1 or 2 days maximum. I am just worried that I may have Bowel Cancer and I think the worry is making me more tense and probably causing more problems. I am only 35 and keep putting off booking a docs appointment. Other symptoms include flatulence, gurgling stomach and slight but very insignificant pain in the stomach. I have also suffered from Gastritis in the past.





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    Hi, I am 13 and I have found a lump on the top of my left brest. My aunt died of breast cancer, and my cousin had it too. Is it possible to get breast cancer at my age? I am scared, and I'm too embarrased to talk to my parents about it. Is there any way to know for sure if it could be cancer?





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    Hello Holly, I am a 17 year old girl and last year I found a lump on my right breast, I told my mother straight away and we went to the doctors, she had a check and explained it is most likely a fibrodenoma, some form of tissure grown wrong, it can get bigger at times and hurt at times, be aware if the lump doesnt hurt it is more of a concern as cancer lumps dont usually cause pain. I got an xray and that seemed fine as she explained what cancerous and non cancerous lumps would appear as in an xray, she was also positive it was a fibrodenoma and she also did a thorough check and found a small one on my left breast right on the side near my armpit, I then got a biopsy which does not hurt, and the man told me dont be surprised it will come back benign and he explained more things to me, my results came back as benign and a fibrodenoma. I suggest you tell your parents, its best to face embarressment than cancer, always ask your doctors questions about your concerns, its best they know everything so they can help you more, I cant be certain you have cancer, but judging from past family history it is a concern, but i was told it could commonly be what I had, as I said, I cannot be certain, seeing a doctor as soon as you notice any changes to your body is the best thing you can do. Never be embarressed to see a doctor, they are there to help you, they have seen everything before.

    Hi Holly, you must put your trust in your parents & please do tell them it may just turn out to be a cyst but it does need checking by a doctor-it's the only way to make sure. having had breast cancer myself i know how terrified you are right now & you must stay positive & talk to a doctor or nurse. your mum can probably already sense that you are worried about something it will be easier for you if you tell her. good luck & i hope you're ok-take a deep breath and ask your mum to help you! carol x

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    i'm 36 years old in november 2009 i was dignosed with stage 3 invasive ductal breast cancer, i was genetically tested and i carry the BRCA 1 gene. At the moment i'm likely in remission from cancer but i find it hard to know what is now right for the way my breast feels as since my lumpecomy last year my breast looks different and the area around my nipple sticks out all the time. Also i'm not sure what my prognoses is since i'm at a high risk of breast cancer because of the BRCA1 gene. I wanted to have a double masectomy but was advised to wait at least three years could you please help me understand as to why i have to wait this long as im so scared that my cancer may recur or that i might develop a new cancer thank Emma





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    I had Colon cancer back in Dec. 2001. they removed about 2" of the colon. I am cancer free. Thank God. The last year I have anal leakage. wet light brown no blood. I am a 60 yr old male and I find this very difficult to cope with! Doctors tell me it is normal.I do not smoke,drinks on occasions and try to eat healthy 80% of the time. It has destroyed my sex life. Very frustrated. Any suggestions that would help me will be appreciated. Thank You





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    I went to see a specialist at the hospital yesterday as i am suffering from Ulcerative colitis now for over 25 years, it is now Diarrhea based. I have to stop my car and jump into the back seat as i have no other option to cope with this bloody problem. i am more a vegetarian and have difficulty in finding replacements of foods etc,dont drink much frizzy drinks etc... have a fairly boring meal everyday. The specialist asked me to get a colonoscopy done,the last one was done over 7 years ago. i hate those things getting into me and done understand what new results could show. The specialist recons that i need to get this done as i might get colon cancer? He says there might be some kind of new growth in the colon,intestines or internally areas where the colonoscopy would reach to get results. Can this be true and if so what percentage people could have Colon cancer because of suffering from Ulcerative colitis and sclerosing cholangitis. Help! Advice... anything... Worried married man with 2 little boys 6 and 4 yrs old!





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    Check out the nacc.org.uk website. I've got ulcerative colitis and find most fruit & veg to be the cause of my problems. The bad news is we have an increased chance of getting colon cancer and therefore it is recommended that a colonoscopy is done every year or so depending on severity. People at very high risk with primary sclerosing cholangitis or more than 20 years of ulcerative colitis disease should have a colonoscopy done every year. I know it isn't pleasant, but if I were you I'd make that appointment right now.

    I have had ulcerative colitis for about 10years and have just been given a new drug called mezevant xl and I have no symptoms at all. It's very expensive and that's why they don't give the drug out but it has changed my life completely. Ask your consultant for it as it started to work almost immediately. Good luck

    You should see a doctor and get checked out for colon cancer which is what I had.

    You should see a doctor and get checked out for colon cancer which is what I had.

    Hi, my name is Olivia. I am 13 years old and I live in the UK. I sometimes find that I am shaking uncontrollably and am unable to complete daily task(Writing, playing the piano, etc.). I also get really bad migraines and muscle weakness, as well as signs of breast and colon cancer elsewhere on my body. I am scared to tell my parents and don't know what to do. What if the possible cancer has metastasized to my brain?





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    Oh My!!! This Is Exactly What I Have Been Looking Forr!!! I Was Worried Because I Was Told I May Have Colon Cancer :( Thanks Ever So Much Guys!x





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    I have been experiencing heavy blood flow from my rectum and it had been very bad and I went to a doctor and they are going to send me to a specialist. Could someone myage (16) have colon cancer?





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    I am a male 51 years old I have black and red blood in my stools i have had blood in the stools for about 12 years. just latley there is more blood and stomach pains above the belley button also white looking mucus over the stool. I had my colon checked last week and found two polyps one with a stalk and one with out still waiting to see if its cancer or not do i need to worry do you think this could be cancer and it runs in my family





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    If it bleeds that much, tell your doctor. I had that and it turned out to be colon cancer. The ONLY symptom was bleeding. The earlier you catch something like that, the better for the chances of a 100% cure. Thank God, it has been 20+ years for me and nothing has ever recurred!

    I am 42 and just had my sigmoid and part of my decending colon out after 17 months of 4 attacks and finally an abcess the size of a tennis ball. 2 feet of my colon were laproscopically removed. Best decision i could have ever made;)





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    I was 32 when I was diagnosed with Colon cancer I am now 36 and have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia which causes so much pain and discomfort, would you recommend surgery or to remain on ppi's?





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    My doctor told me to eat oatbran every morning, you'd think bran would make you go more but it bulks up your stools and it is easier to manage. I am sorry that you are all in so much pain. Try Acidophilus to regulate the good bacteria in the bowel and drink aloe vera juice each day to calm the symptoms. I have gallbladder disease and acute diverticulitis. I moan and whinge every day but I am not in as much pain as you all are. As for having a resection, don't push for it now, Diverticulitis never goes away and it will attack the remaining colon. Change your eating habits, more fibre, no sugar, no junk food and no alcohol. Both my parents died of bowel cancer, I am not allowed any more colonoscopies even though I am high risk. Keep walking your dog - exercise is good for your colon. Hope that helps.





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    I am 87 years old, and for the last 20 days or so I noticed a change in the formof the poo. It now looks like sausage, but the colour id golden yellow. My concern is that my two sisters have had colon cancer years ago, but completely recovered.





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    I to have the same problem I have not yet fixed the problem but start looking for ways to beat this I'm trying a colon cleanse right now with the fiber so it seems like it's working check this out I refuss to let this beat me so try the colon cleanse for the ten days then do your daily recommend dose of fiber cause I did notice that when I drink the fiber it make the bb goes away for a while so I think with the colon cleanse n the fiber u should b good it worth at try so it's clearly something n are stomach that's not workin right so give it a shot as well as vitamin e in probiotic n multi vitamins try it what could it hurt good luck in May GOD see u thur this





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    I'm a long time sufferer of Ulcerative Colitis which I had been diagnosed with since Aug 2001 when I was 14. It has pretty much affected my whole lifestyle. Learning to know what my colon will allow me to eat n making sure I can stay fit enough to box which I've done since I was 10. In a really bad flare-up I'll not leave my bed except to use the toilet. I've been on numerous pills such as Asacol, steroids, calci-chew, galfer(iron tabs), n now am on imunosuppresants (basically anti-organ rejection drugs) but I have heard that surgery now is better n can either replace the colon with internal tubing or even take out the colon which is allowed to regenerate n placed back in, which is alot more appealingthan wat was offered when first diagnosed, a colostomy or stoma bag cuz lets face it no one wants to go swimming with one of those on...





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    I am 15 nearly 16 and since i was 4 ive had bowel problems and i have to clean myself like 3 or 4 times a day.About 4 years ago i had a ACE procedure done which helps wash out my bowels through a tube that is insetred surgically into my Colon i also had a colonestomy because my colon was to long and part of it was floppy i recommend going to your GP with these problems ASAP before its too late.





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    Don't do that, my friend. That's the easy way out. I know I shouldn't say this, because of how PC the world is now a days. But, pray about it and continue to fight on. Believe in God and have faith it will resolve itself. Also, and I know you probably already tried this stuff, drink Sean tea. It will help, trust me. My anus just started hurting about 4 weeks ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. I sat there and strained, as usual, until it finally came out. Then, as it was sliding out, I felt a giant, scratching type sensation. Ripped me up good. Ever since then, when I go to the bathroom, I tear it open again, and a hint of blood comes out. In the month that it's been happening, only once did I not see blood. Sigh... I think it's a fissure, but not 100% sure. My family has a history of colon cancer and cancer in general. However, I'm only 33 so I'm not too concerned about that yet. Anyway, I pray that you will find the answer to your problem. God bless (:

    hi I'm 17 year old male I'm worried about having colon cancer. I can feel a lump on my lower right abdomen it doesn't hurt well it dose now as I keep messing with it I.E prodding and poking its hard to explain what it is dose anyone else have the same problem as this or is it a tumour lump.





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    Hi I have been having a severe pain that goes down the right side of my throat and am finding swallowing difficult. I've noticed my heart doing 'tumbles' by times and it's scary of course. I am on medication for palpitations. I've had a test done on my thyroid but it came back negative. I've had a tumour on the right side of my jaw removed and had colon cancer. I used to be a smoker about 15 years ago. Can you advise please?





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    I had colon re-section in 2008, for diverticulitis, and 22 inches of my colon was removed. Through trial and error, I have figured out that cream, and/or any rich food makes me have "the runs",(the dr told me I would have a problem with fatty or spicy foods) without any warning and I have no control over it. Just when I think I'm eating correctly, I'll eat something that I had no idea woul make it happen and I poop, wherever I am(like in a restaurant last sat night.) It's awful. Comments?





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  • Acne

    Men

    The EI Docs go in search of the most elusive creature in the doctor's waiting room - the 'MAN'. Featuring a case of prostate cancer, man boobs, male hairloss and several problem penises. Read more →

  • Man boobs

    Breasts

    In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Acne scarring

    We're Coming to Get You!

    The Docs are back, and this time they're coming to get you! Read more →

  • Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    The doctors revisit famous cases of skin problems, finding out how their patients are getting on now... Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Piles

    Episode 4 - Hull

    The doctors visit Hull with their breast health roadshow, and deal with cases of piles, putrefying feet and vaginal pain. Read more →

  • Christian and his dad

    Embarrassing Old Bodies Special

    The Embarrassing Bodies clinic has opened its doors for a one off special looking at the conditions and problems that affect older people. Read more →

  • Episode 7 - Series 7

    In Magaluf Dr Christian and Dr Dawn tackle our holidaying boys tackle - checking out their penis performances with erection monitoring and looking at our lads little swimmers. Read more →

  • Breast Reconstruction

    Episode 3 - Brighton

    The doctors head to Brighton with their truck-stop clinic, whilst the main clinic receives visits from a woman with a post-mastectomy problem, a man with Poland's syndrome, and some persistent ulcers. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Anal Operation

    Vaginas

    The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the country's busiest shopping centres. This time the Docs are getting stuck into the Vagina, and there’s no room for coyness ladies! Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

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