Hi everyone. I am currently on the verge of having a panic attack and I'm doing everything I possibly can to avoid it. I'm hoping someone can help ease my mind and answer some questions that I have. I DO NOT want to Google anything and I do not have health insurance to go see a doctor. So here I am with a new worry: COLON CANCER. You guys are my only hope right now!
The Back Story:
I am a 27 year old Caucasian female, and a bit overweight. I eat okay. I'm a vegetarian, but I'm a junk food junkie. I love cheese, potato chips and sweets. But for the most part, my main meals are very healthy as I eat a lot of grains, fruits and veggies. I usually have a bowel movement in the mornings after I wake up and occasionally I'll have one in the evening.
Today I noticed that my stool was pretty flat. Not completely flat, but it definitely was not round. It was more of a flat oval shape. The stool was normal in color (light/medium brown) and solid, but soft. It was not painful nor uncomfortable to pass. Also, only about half of the stool was flat, the rest looked more rounded, and a little darker than the flat part. There were also bits of undigested food from the previous day.
-If this is colon cancer, would only part of the stool be flat, or would it be the whole stool? And would it be totally flat?
-If my next stool is round and not flat, does that mean I'm okay? Do flat stools need to be 100% consistent in order for there to be a problem?
-I have no bleeding or pain, although I have been bloated and a little constipated. Are those symptoms of something sinister?
-What are the statistics/odds of someone my age and gender having colon cancer? I personally know someone my age who had stage 4 colon cancer. She's fine now, but it still scares the heck out of me.
I am really looking forward to your responses and I am waiting patiently and nervously. I am so scared right now. Thanks guys.