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Experience : 15 Years
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I have had two bouts of bad diarrhea followed by some passing of blood within the last year. Have had a virtual colonoscopy about eighteen months ago. My gp says i have significant raised calprotectin and this can either mean I have crowns or colitis - he says it can't be cancer. I have looked online and raised calprotectin can mean a cancer too - please could you advised as I am having to wait over a week for the speciaist to return. I am now worried I have cancer.

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Hello, thank you for visiting us. high levels of calprotectin relate more with inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis type). are not directly related to cancer, this quiet. the adequacy would make a direct colonoscopy with biopsy of the intestinal wall. regards