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Have constipation, acid reflux, narrow stools, red dots on stomach. Colon cancer?

Hi, I have had really bad constipation problems, acid reflux, and also stomach the last year. I've noticed that my stools from time to time have been very narrow, and at others it could be normal or little hard pebbles. I also have small red dots on my stomach that short of resemble pimples, but are not popable and do not go away. And I have noticed more and more appear over the last four to five months. My question is, could this be related to colon cancer? Or does it sound like it might be?
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Symptoms which can point to colon cancer are constipation and narrow stools. Pimples on the stomach are rather not related to colon cancer.
You should be aware of colon cancer if you are older than 50, have had colon cancer in the family. If you are quite young person, colon cancer is rather unlikely.
Other symptoms of colon cancer are: weight lost, blood in stool, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation and diarrhea alternately, weakness, low hemoglobin level.
Other diseases which can cause constipation are chronic bacterial infection, bad diet (lack of fiber rich products and mineral water intake), medicines (Ca-blockers, antidepresants), thyroid disease.

I suggest you to visit your doctor and have some diagnostics performed. If you are around 50, colonoscopy should be done. If you are young person, FOBT (fecal occult blood test) should be fine. Blood work, abdominal ultrasound, thyroid tests should be also done.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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