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help please! is bleeding bowels a symptom of bowel cancer ?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
Could be: Bleeding could be bright red or stools could be black, depending on site of bleeding. Rectal bleeding is abnormal. It should be investigated. At your age, colon cancer is unlikely unless you have ulcerative colitis or familial polyposis, but you should have it checked out, because there are other causes, some of them serious, that can cause rectal bleeding.
Answered on May 5, 2013
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