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Douglas E. Homoky
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Kingsport
Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology Associates
135 W Ravine Rd # 3-A
Kingsport
TN
37660

I have passed some black stool. Is this unusual?

Stool color is sometimes a sign of abnormalities within the gastrointestinal tract. Black colored stool is sometimes caused by three main things: Pepto-Bismol, iron pills, or blood. If you have not been taking iron or Pepto-Bismol, then black stools should be reported to your physician. Blood is usually a sign of a significant problem, just a couple of tablespoons may cause a color change. Ulcers often present with bleeding. Older patients frequently experience no pain with ulcers and black stool may be the only sign that something is wrong. Stomach or bowel tumors may also present with black stools due to bleeding.

I’ve heard that having a colonoscopy can really save your life. When should I consider having this test?

Generally you should have your first exam at age 50 whether you are male or female since colon cancer affects both EQUALLY! Recent evidence suggests African Americans should begin screening earlier at age 45. If one or more first degree relatives (parent, sibling or child) has had precancerous polyps or colon cancer, the guideline is to begin screenings 10 years younger than the youngest age of the family member with colon cancer, or age 40, whichever is sooner. Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, screening for colon cancer should begin 8 – 10 years after the initial diagnosis is made.

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