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Vaginal bleeding between periods — is that a sign of cancer?

Vaginal bleeding between periods — is that a sign of cancer?

Could be: Cancer is only one of the many causes of bleeding between periods, others being, hormonal imbalance, cervicitis, endometrial polyps. However, any irregular bleeding should be investigated to exclude cervical or endometrial cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Could bright red blood in stool be sign of cancer? I do have history of hemmroids

Could bright red blood in stool be sign of cancer? I do have history of hemmroids

Could be.: But not likely at your age unless you have first degree relatives with colon cancer. If the blood is bright red and at the end of the stool or only coating the stool (vice incorporated into the stool) this is likely due to hemorrhoid.

Dark red blood, sticky blood or blood in the stool are some reasons to have further evaluation. ...Read more

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Does vaginal and rectal bleeding mean cancer?

Does vaginal and rectal bleeding mean cancer?

Not necessarily: Don't make assumptions — just get it medically assessed. Take care. ...Read more

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Has rectal bleeding when she is constipated. Can this be a sign of colon cancer?

Has rectal bleeding when she is constipated. Can this be a sign of colon cancer?

Eval: Possible causes include: fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, cancer, infections or inflammation. Although rough, dry stool could lead to hemorrhoids or bleeding — you can not just assume that is the reason for bleeding. Get evaluated if more than a one time occurence. ...Read more

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Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool: Suspicious but your age is in your favor unless a strong family history of colon or breast cancer. Likely another cause. I would see your PCP. ...Read more

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Having irregular periods.bleeding time to time for two weeks but not fully and colour of blood is different.is that sign of cancer?

Having irregular periods.bleeding time to time for two weeks but not fully and colour of blood is different.is that sign of cancer?

Not necessarily: Not necessarily a sign of cancer, especially at your age. You need to be evaluated by a GYN. At your age, it's usually just a hormone imbalance. ...Read more

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I have adenomyosis with heavy bleeding w/clots that soak through my clothes. Pap smear had endometrial cells. Could this be a sign of cancer?

I have adenomyosis with heavy bleeding w/clots that soak through my clothes. Pap smear had endometrial cells. Could this be a sign of cancer?

Not cancer: Endometrial cells on pap is not a sign of cancer. Adenomyosis can explain heavy bleeding and cramping, but doesn't rule out cancer. Make certain your concerns and communication with your doctor is very good. ...Read more

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Is bleeding every other week no pain or cramps with nausea, tiredness, headaches and breast fullness a sign of cancer??

Is bleeding every other week no pain or cramps with nausea, tiredness, headaches and breast fullness a sign of cancer??

It can be: Bleeding every 2 weeks can be a sign of endometrial cancer. I would be wise to have a GYN MD evaluate your bleeding with an appointment and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

Not necessarily: Slow bleeding from colon cancer can lead to anemia, without visible blood or black tarry stools. More often than not, anemia is the presenting symptom, especially for right sided colon cancers. ...Read more

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8 yr kid — bad allergies, I gave her Flonase. Had a nosebleed. Stopped it, had another bleed a few days later. Are nosebleeds sign of cancer?

8 yr kid — bad allergies, I gave her Flonase. Had a nosebleed.  Stopped it, had another bleed a few days later. Are nosebleeds sign of cancer?

No: If allergies are bad, the nosebleeds are most likely a sign that the mucosa of the nose is dry and irritated. Nasal saline sprays should help. Talk to your doctor about treating your child's allergies further. Good luck! ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding will someone help me understand causes? Cancer in the family

Rectal bleeding will someone help me understand causes? Cancer in the family

Rule out cancer: All rectal bleeding s are not cancers many benign lesions like hemorrhoids, polyps, fissures, inflammations, infections, foreign bodies will cause bleeding. In every rectal bleeding, first suspicion is cancer and must rule out cancer, with family history of cancer you must see your physician, for examination and endoscopy, finally assurance by professional ...Read more

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30 now I've had rectal bleeding for about 12-15 years, profuse sometimes, but only after I poke inside to remove feces (I know, I'm weird). Cancer?

30 now I've had rectal bleeding for about 12-15 years, profuse sometimes, but only after I poke inside to remove feces (I know, I'm weird). Cancer?

Not likely: Yes, poking can cause bleeding. Question is more why are you so constipated and what can be done about it? Drink plenty water, eat fiber rich, try some over the counter fiber supplements and Dulcolax is stool softener which is also helpful. ...Read more

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Dr diagnosed external hems 4 weeks ago. Had rectal bleeding 3 times last week. Rectal exam showed none today. Was blood caused by rhoids or cancer?

Dr diagnosed external hems 4 weeks ago.  Had rectal bleeding 3 times last week.  Rectal exam showed none today.  Was blood caused by rhoids or cancer?

Probably: If the blood was bright red and not mixed with stool, it is quite likely that you bled from the hemorrhoids. However, to be sure, I recommend that a proctologist or colorectal surgeon start with a simple flexible sigmoidoscopy which visualizes the descending colon and would be good evidence in ruling out internal hemorrhoids, benign polyps, ulcerative colitis, or malignant growths. ...Read more

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Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Not always.: Early in colon cancer, there are typically NO symptoms until the cancer tumor grows large enough that it begins to cause problems in the digestive tract. Small, asymptomatic cancers can be found by screening colonoscopy. Larger tumors may cause changes in bowel habits (diarrhea/constipation/change in consistency of stool), blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, weakness/fatigue, persistent pain ...Read more

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Is rectal bleeding associated with prostate cancer?

Is rectal bleeding associated with prostate cancer?

Possibly: Depending on the stage of the prostate cancer, rectal bleeding can be present. However, if it an early stage prostate cancer, rectal bleeding is generally not associated with prostate cancer. Also, previous radiation treatment for prostate cancer may cause rectal inflammation and cause subsequent rectal bleeding but this generally resolves over time. ...Read more

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Bright red rectal bleeding stopped 2.5 years ago -- had sigmoidoscopy then and didn't see anything. Does cancer usually continue to bleed?

Bright red rectal bleeding stopped 2.5 years ago -- had sigmoidoscopy then and didn't see anything. Does cancer usually continue to bleed?

Hemorrhoids: Bright red blood may signify a hemorrhoid and that was self limiting. The sigmoidoscopy showed that no cancer was present in the sigmoid colon. Your doctor wanted to know your family history of cancer and cancer would continue to have episodes over 2+ years. Talk with your doctor to discuss your concerns. People need a screening colonoscopy at 50 or sooner with a risk factor. ...Read more

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Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Yes: One of the potential side effects for radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer is rectal bleeding. This can occur after brachytherapy or external beam therapy. This is called proctitis and is generally mild and self-limiting. It usually does not require any treatment other than conservative management such as maintaining soft bowel movements, hydration, and monitoring of blood work. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding, DRE found no evidence of piles but stool was dark. 30 y/o. Need colonoscopy. Cancer?????

Likely not: There are many reasons for rectal bleeding, including internal hemorrhoid, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis, among others. Colon cancer is certainly a reason, but at your age, unless you have a huge family history of colon cancer, it is way down on the list. You should get a colonoscopy for sure, but don't go into it with the worst case assumption ...Read more

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Do colon cancers continue to bleed or do they stop? Haven't had rectal bleeding for over a year but did have bright red rectal blood before. I'm 26.

Do colon cancers continue to bleed or do they stop? Haven't had rectal bleeding for over a year but did have bright red rectal blood before. I'm 26.

Typically yes: If the bleeding you had one year ago was due to colon cancer, you would have had a number of progressive symptoms by now, so I wouldn't worry (plus colon cancer is very uncommon at age 26). If however bleeding recurs or persist have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

Rectal bleeding: If your rectal bleeding has come back, then okay to get in to your doc for evaluation. More likely this is a hemorrhoid or recurrent fissure. Cancer in your age group is very low incidence. However, an exam under anesthesia will lead to a diagnosis, and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had bright red rectal bleeding this morning when I passed stools with very minimal pain.could i be at risk for cancer.we have no history of cancer?

I had bright red rectal bleeding this morning when I passed stools with very minimal pain.could i be at risk for cancer.we have no history of cancer?

Get medical check up: Rectal bleeding is caused either by Cancer or Hemorrohids. You should go see your doctor for an examination so that you can find the cause. Cancer can occur in anyone of us....family history of no Cancer does not help as 90% of people who develop Cancer do not have family history of cancer. So you need to be careful and get a good medical exam. ...Read more

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24 yr old bright red rectal bleeding for a few weeks almost 3 years ago. No bleeding or symptoms since. Dr said ok. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

24 yr old bright red rectal bleeding for a few weeks almost 3 years ago. No bleeding or symptoms since. Dr said ok. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

No Rules: Unlikely that after all this time, there would be a cancer not causing symptoms. However, cancer does not follow rules.
If there was bleeding, some evaluation should have been done, and maybe still should. ...Read more

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I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

I don't drink alcohol at all and still have rectal bleeding, could I have colon cancer?

Maybe: Rectal bleeding is never normal. It always needs to be checked out by a physician. There are many causes of rectal bleeding. It could be something as simple as a hemorrhoid or something as serious as colon cancer. ...Read more

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IFOBT test Dec 2014, no occult blood. April 2nd, 2015 minor rectal bleeding, stop 1 day after. April 17th, 2015 started again. I'm 22. Colon cancer?

IFOBT test Dec 2014, no occult blood.  April 2nd, 2015 minor rectal bleeding, stop 1 day after. April 17th, 2015 started again. I'm 22. Colon cancer?

Possibly hemorrhoids: Most rectal bleed is usually from hemorrhoids, cancer is extremely rare especially at this age, but needs to be ruled out, therefore a specialist either general surgeon or gastroenterologist is necessary. ...Read more

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Is rectal bleeding a sympt of ovarian cancer? I am getting conflicting info on the web. I read o cancer doesn't erode into the organs so it doesn't cause rectal bleeding. That was from a gyn oncologis

Is rectal bleeding a sympt of ovarian cancer? I am getting conflicting info on the web. I read o cancer doesn't erode into the organs so it doesn't cause rectal bleeding. That was from a gyn oncologis

Extremely unlikely: Ovarian cancer can, with enough time, can invade into the rectum and cause bleeding, but it would have to be at advanced stage at that point. In reality, it's rare for ovarian cancer to present with rectal bleeding, especially at your age. Far more likely there is a gastrointestinal issue. See your doctor to be evaluated for this. ...Read more

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I passed a very hard stool just before christmas which caused me slight rectal bleeding and piles, i also have anxiety and am very worried its cancer?

I passed a very hard stool just before christmas which caused me slight rectal bleeding and piles, i also have anxiety and am very worried its cancer?

Well first, take a : Deep breath in and then blow out some of your fear. Statistically, the bleeding was most likely related to your constipation/ hemorrhoids. If you have more than that 1 episode then just get it checked by your doctor. For the hemorrhoids — you need to keep stool soft. Drink at least 64 oz of water a day. Try to work the junk food out of your diet and instead enjoy at least 5 servings of vegetables. ...Read more

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7 years ago, had bright red rectal bleeding after bm. Hurt to have bm most of the time I saw blood.dr saw a fissure on exam.by the time I had sigmoidoscopy fissure was gone and no bleeding anymore. Unlikely he missed cancer?no symptoms since.

7 years ago, had bright red rectal bleeding after bm. Hurt to have bm most of the time I saw blood.dr saw a fissure on exam.by the time I had sigmoidoscopy fissure was gone and no bleeding anymore. Unlikely he missed cancer?no symptoms since.

BRBPR due to...: This may just be hemorrhoids from straining but bleeding from rectum (brbpr) may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaids, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), see your doctor. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding, right ovary multiple developing cysts that measure 2.8x2.5x8. X3.1, should I be concerned? History of thyroid cancer & hysterectomy

Rectal bleeding...: Bleeding per rectum may originate in the anal canal, the rectum, or further up the line. Frequent anal sources of bleeding include hemorrhoids & fissures, but your history raises further questions & warrants concern. Similar bleeds can be seen with anal & rectal cancer, infections, ischemic colitis, diverticular bleeds, inflammatory bowel, etc. Your doctor will direct testing & treatment. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding. Thin stools. I'm 18 and have no cancer in my family! Is it safe to say that I DON'T have colon cancer given my age and family history?

Rectal bleeding. Thin stools. I'm 18 and have no cancer in my family! Is it safe to say that I DON'T have colon cancer given my age and family history?

Yes: It is unlikely that you have colon cancer but an evaluation is needed to see why you have rectal bleeding. You could have hemorrhoids or just be constipated. You should not have regular recital bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Jason Campbell
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Rectal Bleeding (Definition)

"Rectal bleeding" often denotes bright red blood per rectum that may originate from multiple causes involving the anal canal, rectum, ...Read more


Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

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