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colon cancer symptoms and lumps

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Posted by HFHSM.D.-ab on February 27, 1998 at 17:25:06:

In Reply to: colon cancer symptoms and lumps posted by Stefanos P. on February 11, 1998 at 20:20:31:

: Dear Doctor,
  I have recently becomed concerned about my risk to colon cancer as I've noticed  blood after bowel movements, and I have had pains quite frequently in my lower abdomen for the past few months.  I believe I have also felt a small hard lump close to my anus.  
  What are the early symptoms of colon cancer?  Are there other conditions that cause similiar symptoms?  Does a lump in the rectum always indicate colon cancer.  What recommendations can you offer me regarding these particular symptoms?
  Thank you in advance for your help and response.  It is appreciated.

Dear  Mr.Stefanos:
We  received your E-mail and appreciate your concerns and we will be glad to address your questions.
The risk of developing colorectal cancer depends on a number of factors.  The most important ones are 1) age, 2) personal history of
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