Call your doctor if you have any symptoms of colorectal cancer, such as a change in bowel habits, bleeding from your rectum, including bright red or dark blood in your stools, or constant or frequent diarrhea or constipation.
Tests to help your doctor see if colorectal cancer has metastasized or recurred include: An abdominal ultrasound to find the cause of pain or swelling in your abdomen. A colonoscopy to see if cancer has returned to your intestine. Blood tests to find out
Unless colon polyps are large and cause bleeding or pain, the only way to know if you have polyps is to have one or more tests that explore the inside surface of your colon. Several tests can be used to detect colon polyps.
The decision to take the test for genetic colon cancer is personal. You may have emotional, financial, and family reasons for taking or not taking the test. You might choose to be tested because:You have received genetic counseling, understand the risks and benefits of testing, and feel that the benefits outweigh the risks. You have a personal history of more than 20 colon polyps, especially at a