One Possible Sign of Colon Cancer Your Doctor Might Miss
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.
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.
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