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A 33-year-old female asked:

I always had constipation my whole life. had tests as a kid, all good. no history of colon cancer in my family. i did a fit test at home , no blood in stool. i do have hemorrhoids that seem to swell then go down day to day. colon cancer?

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Dr. Odhett Cojocaru
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Hemorrhoids are a common consequence of constipation and straining; they are veins, so their size varies depending on the pressure inside the veins. Colon cancer screening for average risk persons (like you seem to be) starts at age 45.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
For constipation - You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 Wish you good health!
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Last updated May 21, 2022
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