How Much Do You Know About Bowel Cancer?

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I have been having severe pain mostly on the left side of stomach as soon as I move my bowels it goes away. All my life I've only moved my bowels 3 * a week. I had a lap band put in 2007 had it emptied 2 years ago hoping that was the problem. Unable to keep down solid foods. As soon as I eat a meal I get what I call a large gas bubble around my left shoulder area that I vomit right up after eating 6 or 8 bites of solid food.. I had a negative CT and blood work solid food.. I had a negative CT and blood work now waiting for the results on a procedure to exclude MUCOSAL INJURY which I looked up and don't not understand. Can you shed some light on what I'm dealing with?? I just feel like the doctors aren't sure and playing guessing games with my life. I'd like to know if you have any suggestions that I could follow and possibly understand? I'd be very grateful for any input on this matter. Thank you Mrs.Linda Manns
Hello Linda. The stomachache and vomit indicate disorder in stomach function. You mentioned that you can't take solid food, this might indicate the cardia isn't working properly. The cardia, is the opening into the stomach and that part of the stomach connected to the esophagus. When you eat, food goes down the esophagus and reaches cardia. Cardia is like a door, it's usually closed, when the food needs to pass, the door opens, the food passes and goes down to the stomach. Then the door closes, so that everything in the stomach can't go up. In stomach there are gases. If the door can't shut down properly, the gas might come up, kind of like you described, a gas bubble coming up. The procedure that you've gone through, is it gastroscopy? If so, please wait to see the results.
Antibiotic use (pills/capsules) is linked to a heightened risk of bowel (colon) cancer, but a lower risk of rectal cancer, and depends, to some extent, on the type and class of drug prescribed, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.

The findings suggest a pattern of risk that may be linked to differences in gut microbiome (bacteria) activity along the length of the bowel and reiterate the importance of judicious prescribing, say the researchers.

Patients who developed bowel cancer were more likely to have been prescribed antibiotics targeting anaerobes, which don't need oxygen, as well as those targeting aerobes, which do—than patients without cancer.

But patients with rectal cancer were less likely to have been prescribed antibiotics targeting aerobic bacteria.

Cancer site was also associated with antibiotic use. Cancer of the proximal colon—the first and middle parts of the bowel—was associated with the use of antibiotics targeting anaerobes, when compared to people without cancer.

But antibiotic use was not associated with cancer of the distal colon—the last part of the bowel.

After taking account of potentially influential factors, such as overweight, smoking, and moderate to heavy drinking, cumulative use of antibiotics for a relatively short period (16+ days) was associated with a heightened risk of bowel cancer, with the impact strongest for cancers of the proximal colon.

The reverse was true for rectal cancers, where antibiotic use exceeding 60 days was associated with a 15% lower risk compared with no use.

When the analysis was restricted to patients who had been prescribed only one class of antibiotic, as opposed to none, penicillins were consistently associated with a heightened risk of bowel cancer of the proximal colon. Ampicillin/amoxicillin was the penicillin most commonly prescribed to these patients.

By contrast, the lower risk of rectal cancer was associated with prescriptions of tetracyclines.
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