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Question: I had a colonoscpy done 12 months ago. The doctor found two polyps. One was benign and too large to remove. The second was a cancerous type polyp. Now I have lower abdominal pain with constipation one week then diarrhea the next. Sometimes it changes day to day. Stools are abnormally shaped, very thin. Should I contact my doctor? Cliff

Answer: Dear Cliff,

Abnormal bowel movements and stool size are common symptoms of colon cancer. Since you have suffered from cancerous polyps in the past, it is important that you visit your doctor, at the beginning, every 6 months to be checked again for new polyps.

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