Colon Cancer Screening and Red Poop

You should monitor the state of your poop because it can indicate early (or late) warning signs of serious digestive tract problems. Black poop or tarry stools may be due to colon cancer. For more information, please see the colon cancer screening and fecal occult blood test articles.

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Early detection is vital. There are a number of tests that might be appropriate. We'll explain each test and when it is needed:

Colorectal cancer screening is used to detect

Finding and removing polyps or other areas of abnormal cell growth may be one of the most effective ways to prevent colorectal cancer development. Colorectal cancer is generally more treatable when it is found early, before it has had a chance to spread. Watch your poop for signs of bleeding (Hematochezia) that can be a sign of colon cancer.

Different Tests For Colon Cancer

One or more of the following tests are often prescribed:

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