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Are IBS and bile acid diarrhoea indicative of colon cancer?

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Dr. Deepak Sundriyal


Practicing since :2005

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Posted on Wed, 2 Jan 2019 in Colon Cancer
Question: Could I have colon cancer? IBS or bile acid diarrhea. Taking colestipole for diarrhea. Pain in lower left side. Stools are formed loosely. Afraid I have colon cancer. Had CT recently and colonoscopy 18 months ago. All clear. No polyps or anything microscopic.
Answered by Dr. Deepak Sundriyal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

There is no risk of colon cancer

Detailed Answer:


I have gone through the details. So your symptoms don't suggest colon cancer.

Moreover, you have already undergone colonoscopy 18 months back. A polyp must be there to develop cancer and it takes 8 to 10 years to develop cancer. You can rest assured for another 8 years. No need for another testing before 8 years.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Deepak Sundriyal, Oncologist
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