How do I know if I am at risk for colon cancer?

This question was asked in Alfred, Texas on 05/29/2012.
I have been to the emergency room twice and I have been sent home with antibiotics. But I continue to have watery diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain and back pain. I found a little blood in my stool as well. I’m a 30 year old female, and this has been going on for months. My father died 3 years ago at the age 45 of colon cancer. in tired all the time but have problems sleeping. What should I do?

Doctors Answers (3)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 6/1/2012 1

Please speak to your family doctor about being evaluated by a gastroenterologist. The fact that your father died of colon cancer raises your risk. Please see your doctor about this soon.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 5/31/2012

You should definitely have a colonoscopy with that history.

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 5/30/2012

This is a fairly serious problem. The differential diagnosis for bloody diarrhea that has been going on some time is extensive, but what I would worry about most is inflammatory bowel diseases, especially in this age group. I'd say you should connect with a gastroenterologist asap - if there are delays you should goto a different ER for evaluation and possibly admission for colonoscopy.