A 22-year-old male asked:
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21yr old male, could this be colon cancer?blood on stool,rectal bleeding(bright red/darker at times,) painful bowel movement, big & hard stool, etc.

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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Constipation/blood: It isn't common in 21 year old males, but always a possibility. It may be a proctitis, colitis, hemorrhoid from constipation, or anal fissure from passing large, hard stools. Try miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace over-the-counter daily until your stools are softer and less painful to pass. See your primary care physician or Gastroenterology specialist for an exam to find the cause and recommend treatment.
Answered on Feb 1, 2015

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