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A 19-year-old female asked:

19 years old. change in bowel habits but go everyday. sometimes blood on toilet paper from known hemorrhoids. should i be screened for colon cancer?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not at this time: The incidence of colorectal cancer is very low under the age of 40, and stats for 19-39 years of age for women are 1/1400 and increase dramatically between age 40-50 to 1/140. Unless you have a strong family history of colorectal cancer, you can relax about that diagnosis for now. If you have not been feeling well, experience BM urgency, you should be checked for colitis.

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Last updated Mar 12, 2020

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