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Would colon or stomach cancer cause other signs as well as

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Would colon or stomach cancer cause other signs as well as anemia ?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Thank you for your question.

Yes it may cause other signs other than anemia.

Colon cancer may only cause anemia as the first sign.

Stomach cancer usually will also cause a lot of weight loss, nausea and vomiting at times.

Let me know if you have more questions.
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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I see . She does not have any weight loss or vomitting . I think she has gained weight Infact a little . She's my mother 66 years of age.In a routine blood test her hemaglobin was 10.6 and ferritin 8 so I'm worried and her platlet count was higher too at 515.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Platelet count being on the higher side and the hemoglobin a little lower most likely means that she could be bleeding from somewhere.

It may not be cancer or anything serious but that is something that must be considered and ruled out.

Also an upper GI endoscopy is also required.

Stool for occult blood is also required.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Platlet has been up and down since 2009 . Was 615 in 2009 then 500 in 2013
And now 515.Plus is it worrying that ferritin is so low at 8?
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Yes ferritin so low and hemoglobin low means you are most likely bleeding from somewhere.

Another, less likely possibility, is that you may be having reduced absorption of iron from your body.

Let me know if you have more questions.
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