i had breast cancer back in 2002, when i was 37. doing fine. however, my oncologist had me have a colonoscopy in 2008, just because there may be a link between those 2 cancers. I had one and had 2 small polyps. they were benign.
so, my onc and gastro said come back in 5 years. SO, i was due for it in March. I haven't had it yet, so i'm 7 months past due for it. I just had so many reasons not to schedule it, ya know? i was just beginning renovations on my house, and didn't want to deal with it in the middle of a renovation-i had workers here all day, etc - so, that would have been awkward. anyway, that's over, and now, i'm going to have to do it.
anyway, my issue is this: I have been having stomach aches and diarrhea lately. They will surprise me at the mall and such -fun fun. Even when i'm not anxious about anything, just happy, it can happen. I am very regular otherwise. I have also noticed that i have a tender spot in my pelvic area. It is approximately where my ovary would be on my left side. (i dont' have ovaries anymore though-hysterectomy 2008). I told my OBGYN about that area this summer when i saw him, but it wasn't OBGYN related. the nurse even said it could be GI related. Also, a side note, I did have surgery with the breast cancer, when they did a TRAM flap for my reconstructed breast. this means they cut me at my bikini line from hip to hip. this is basically where the tender spot is. just below that.
So, i'm getting concerned. I am going to make the appt to see the GI doc, but in the meantime I thought some of you could help me with questions. One, if the drs said to come back in 5 years, that means they want to see me BEFORE anything could become cancerous, right? I know colon cancer is slow growing, so odds are that even though I'm 7 months past due, it isn't likely that anything grew that fast(in the past 5 years, 7 months), right?
Two, where is your colon anyway? :) is it low (like ovary area)?
Three, would i have a tenderness if it were a tumor?
four, what causes the diarrhea if you DO have colon cancer? Is it because a tumor is there? I am assuming if i had it, it wouldn't have had time to grow large enough to cause symptoms yet, right?
OK - seriously, I'm not in panic mode. I'm in research mode. I know I have to go get this test done and I will, but in the meantime, I'd love some feedback.