FAQ #13 About Colon Cancer

March 15th, 2011 by mike Leave a reply »

Is a palpable lump in the side a symptom of colon cancer? Or is it only found as a polyp inside and can not be felt?

A palpable lump in the abdomen can be a symptom of colon cancer, but it could also be a symptom of other conditions. Your doctor would be able to examine you and give you a more personal opinion, ordering testing as appropriate to determine the cause of a lump. A polyp inside the colon can not be felt from the outside. Polyps are found by looking inside the colon with various procedures: a sigmoidoscopy (which only looks at a portion of the colon) or colonoscopy (which can look at the whole colon); a Virtual Colonoscopy is an x-ray technique as with a barium enema. Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard test for this condition.

Source: PreventCancer.org

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