A 48-year-old member asked:
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on and off rectal bleeding after bowel movement for the last 10 years. should have seen a doctor?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
Yes you should: You must see your doctor , any bleeding per rectum has to be considered as malignant till proven other wise by tests, even if it looks like hemorrhoids, march is colorectal cancer prevention month and you must see your doctor.
Answered on May 5, 2018
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Assuming the pattern hasn't changed it is probably not serious, however since you are used to the bleeding, you would not be alerted to another more serious cause of bleeding. So, yes, you should be checked and have more serious sources of bleeding eliminated or diagnosed, usually by colonoscopy at the least.
Answered on May 31, 2017

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