Bowel Cancer Worries

I am 39 and new to this forum. I have had stomach ache now for 5 months-it comes and it goes but mainly it is present.

I have either loose or hard bowel movements.

I have had a Ct scan but not a colonoscopy.

I am worried I have Cancer and it is being missed because of this near constant pain.

Would a Scan have shown up any problems?

Can polyps cause pain? if they were large enough to be a problem surely these would show up on the scan?

4 Replies

  • I believe that there would be some loss pf blood, but main thing is ithat you keep searching for the diagnosis thats causing pain.

    Different scans pick up different results so a colonoscopy would be best , in my opinion.

    Im not medical but my Mum and myself had bowel cancer

    Good luck

  • I was told in October I had bowel cancer and had the operation in November. I was lucky it was stage 2 and I didn't need chemo. I go evey 3 months for 3 years to be checked. I had pain in my stomach for almost a year before I could get into a specialist. The scan did not show anything. They found it when I had a colonoscopy.

  • See this is what I am most worried about.Docs keep saying I do not need a Colonoscopy.

    Did you have other symptoms apart from the pain?Doc also told me that it was risky to have a Colonoscopy so now as me worried about that!

    Would a Virtual Colonoscopy be any good?

    Thank you for your reply.

  • I had pain and constipation a lot. The cancer was blocking so I had a hard time to go, The stools were black and tarry. They took a piece of the bowel out , it was cancer and they connected the pieces. The Doctor was surprised also when he did the colonoscopy that it was cancer. They thought it was diverticulitis or irritable bowel. My daughter had to have a colonoscopy as she was at high risk because I had cancer and she is 50. Thankfully hers was alright. They did another one on me last Month and took a polop off and it was fine.My scan did not show anything so a colonoscopy might help you find some answers.

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