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Colon Cancer

Minor Pain Left and Right Flank

07/03/2008

Question:

I have had minor pain/discomfort in the left and right flank areas. It seems to come and go but is present most of the time. This has been recurring for over 6 months. I have also experienced constapation on and off as well. I had a colonscopy 2.5 years ago and 5 small hyperplastic poloyps were removed. I have a family history of colon cancer. What type of doctor should evaluate the situation? Does it sound like a serious condition?

Answer:

Pain is unlikely from the colon. You may want to see your primary care phyiscian as the first step. Hyperplastic polyps are not precancerous but if you have a first degree relative with colon cancer, you should have another colonoscopy within 5 years.

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Response by:

Gregory S Cooper, MD Gregory S Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University