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I have been getting lower abdominal Pain which is disturbing my sleep at around 4am just about every morning, The Pain is focussed on an area 1" below and 3" to the left of my Belly button, but does spread across the whole lower abdomen on occasions. I have not consitpated and don't have diaorria.My Stools vary from lumpy to a loose paste which sticks to the Toilet pan.No blood seen so far, and the colour is mid brown.I have had a colonoscopy in Spain last year, and they said there were very small signs of Diverticultus.I have also had blood tests for colessterol and Triglicerieds and PSA all of which were withing the normal ranges.I have had about three years ago, a Trans eurethal Prosectomy.I just keep worrying that it could be early Bowl Cancer. Has aanyone any advise. I have made aan appointmernt with a Consultant on the 4th Jan, but I would like to here from anyone who has a usfull input.
 

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Bowel cancer is rare under 45 years old.Maybe you have IBS,that would not be a surprise for me because of your urinary surgery.Here a link from a UK specialist,I think it would be a good idea to contact him: http://www.bernardpalmer.com/medical/3840402.PDF
 

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The camera pill would be able to see your entire bowel,looking for cancer.I think it is the best tool available.The web site is www.givenimaging.com i think.
 

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Typcially the camera pill does not record for a long as it takes to pass through the whole GI tract. It is pretty much ONLY for diagnosing problems in the small intestine, and most cancer is in the colon (which the camera will not take data for). The reason you need the pill camera is you cannot get a scope into the small intestine except for just the ends by going from the mouth or the anus. (It doesn't record data for several days which would be needed to test for colon cancer, only for like 6 hours or so which only gets the pill TO the colon, not TO the anus)The pain may be from when you start to wake up and the colon becomes more active (especially if it is fairly close to your usualy wake up time...so more so if you get up near 6 am vs someone that goes to bed well after midnight and does not get up until 8 or 9 am). But you do need to talk to the doctor about the pain...I do not know if the Diverticuli could be an issue...but that is the part of the colon where they typically occur.Early colon/bowel cancer DOES NOT cause pain. Only late stage cancer causes pain. Blood in the stool (not just visible but testing the stool itself for blood) is how they do a quick non-invasive test for colon cancer.Gold standard test for colon cancer is the Colonoscopy (scope put up the anus and run through the colon.Usually the only stool thing that indicates colon/bowel cancer other than blood is that in late stage cancer (which would take years to develop if your colonoscopy is clear last year it is almost unheard of that you would have late stage colon cancer) if the tumor is so big it blocks part of the colon interior near the end all of your stools would be very thin (even at this stage it may not be causing pain).One of the reasons colon cancer is a silent killer is that it does NOT cause symptoms at all until it is usually way to late to do anything about it.K.
 

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Hi Mike, I am new to this but I have just put up a post very similar to yours, the only difference is that my pain comes when I am due to pass a motion, once I have the pain slowly disappears. I too am thinking bowel cancer as my gran had it, which is why I have joined this forum hoping that somebody will recognise my symtons and maybe put my mind at ease.
 

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Thankyou for your Contact, I had a reply from someone saying that early Bowel Cancer does not give pain.I have booked a colonoscopy to check it out.That seems to be the logical way forward.
 

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Early colon/bowel cancer DOES NOT cause pain. Only late stage cancer causes pain.Blood in the stool (not just visible but testing the stool itself for blood) is how they do a quick non-invasive test for colon cancer.Gold standard test for colon cancer is the Colonoscopy (scope put up the anus and run through the colon.Usually the only stool thing that indicates colon/bowel cancer other than blood is that in late stage cancer (which would take years to develop if your colonoscopy is clear last year it is almost unheard of that you would have late stage colon cancer) if the tumor is so big it blocks part of the colon interior near the end all of your stools would be very thin (even at this stage it may not be causing pain).One of the reasons colon cancer is a silent killer is that it does NOT cause symptoms at all until it is usually way to late to do anything about it.K.
 
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