One Possible Sign of Colon Cancer Your Doctor Might Miss

Updated on March 4, 2020
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Cheryl is a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, poet, licensed/ordained minister and founder of two outreach ministries.

Raise awareness of colorectal cancer..
Raise awareness of colorectal cancer..

I was a witness to my grandmother dealing with cancer of the colon and hope what I learned may benefit others. This articles describes some issues in detail related to bowel movements because it is necessary in order to get the point across. You have been duly warned.

I Noticed a Foul Odor

My grandmother was 84 years old at this time and in reasonably good health. She was also faithfully going to her various medical professionals on a regular basis. One day, I noticed that after she had a bowel movement the odor was stronger than usual and lingered in the air longer.

About a week later after she used the facilities, I could smell it in the kitchen which was on the other end of the house. There was a metallic odor along with the usual scent and it was so foul, we had to open windows. I found myself gagging after each time grandma went to the bathroom. My husband and youngest son had also pointed out this disturbing odor to me.

On a few occasions, I had to assist my granny in cleaning up afterward and noticed that her BM was now always soft like clay. I had a feeling that something was wrong in her bowels and soon I would find out I was correct.

March is colon cancer awareness month.
March is colon cancer awareness month.

My Grandma Began Craving Ice

Years earlier, prior to my daughter finding out she was anemic, she began eating crushed ice. When I pointed out to my grandma that she was chewing ice as her great-granddaughter had done, she just laughed it off.

I knew this could be a sign of anemia and realized it probably meant she was losing blood. We had a former neighbor whose doctor said she was losing blood but could not find the source. This woman died at age 53, so I began praying that my grandma’s issue would come to light. I explained the details of the recent changes at her next doctor’s appointment, and a colonoscopy was scheduled.

The Colonoscopy and Results

I am thankful that today that my doctor recommended a pre-test kit where you collect a feces sample at home and turn it in. I would never desire to go through what my grandmother, husband, and others had to endure with a colonoscopy.

The day before the procedure they could not eat and had to drink a chalky substance which I'm told tastes nasty. They were given something to calm their nerves and both said they were in and out of sleep. The procedure took about two and one-half hours and I had to stay until it was over. My husband was given a clean bill of health, but grandma's results showed she had cancerous polyps that needed to be surgically removed. The doctor said that the cancer cells were absorbing her blood which is why she was anemic and eating ice.

She had no explanation for the foul odor but suggested it was the blood in the stool. This would explain why her bowel movements had a metallic odor. We were also told that grandma had stomach cancer and the doctor said there was nothing to be done about. She then asked if we wanted to pray and when we agreed, the physician-led the prayer. Later, grandma had successful surgery and the cancerous polyps were removed. Tests also revealed that stomach cancer was gone. My grandma lived until age 91 and neither cancer ever returned.

Pay Attention to Any Changes in Health

If you, notice that you, a loved one, or even a co-worker notice the following please contact your health care provider ASAP.

Foul-smelling bowel movements that have a metallic odor and permeate your entire home, piggybacked with ice cravings.

In layman's terms, the cancerous polyps were obtaining fuel through my grandmother's blood and this is what caused the anemia. I have no way of knowing if the stomach cancer played a part in the situation or not.

What I can tell you is that if my grandma had any of the traditional symptoms of colorectal cancer, I did not notice, and neither did she mentioned any. This is why it is important to pay attention to even the slightest changes that affect you, as well as those who are around you. Even a minute detail may make a difference. March is colon cancer awareness month so spread the word and be aware.

Please be advised that this article cannot be share on Facebook because Colon cancer and bowels go against their standards.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

        Cheryl E Preston 

        3 months ago from Roanoke

        Thank you Ms Dora

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Very helpful. Your presentation is excellent. Thanks for the warning and all the details you shared.

      • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

        Cheryl E Preston 

        3 months ago from Roanoke

        Yes true. Thank you.

      • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

        Cheryl E Preston 

        3 months ago from Roanoke

        Yes true. Thank you.

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        3 months ago from NIGERIA

        It is not all the symptoms that can be mentioned in the books, and people present differently in some cases, but the salient ones, which have been proved to be commoner among races and tribes of the world are those listed since the books would get to Africa and other regions of the world. This may be why. I however believe that Medical writers like Christian authors and other authors are improving on daily basis, updating many things globally. Good work ma'am.

      • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

        Cheryl E Preston 

        3 months ago from Roanoke

        Thank you Lorna

      • Lorna Lamon profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        3 months ago

        A great article Cheryl and I'm amazed that these symptoms are still not listed. You can tell a great deal about someone's health by their bowel movements. I'm glad your Grandma received the treatment she needed and her family knew something wasn't right. Your article shines the spotlight on Colon Cancer - thank you for sharing.


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