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If you had colon cancer would blood be in your stool all or most of the time? I've had blood in my stool like 2 times in the last year, nothing else.

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
7 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Blood in the stool may be as benign as a fissure, hemorrhoids or it could be some form of colitis or even colon cancer.
The best way to determine is to see a gastroenterologist for thorough exam, possibly a colonoscopy.

In brief: Not necessarily

Blood in the stool may be as benign as a fissure, hemorrhoids or it could be some form of colitis or even colon cancer.
The best way to determine is to see a gastroenterologist for thorough exam, possibly a colonoscopy.
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hemorrhoid is likely

Given your age and infrequency of the symptoms hemorrhoid is the more likely cause.
Keep your bowel movements soft using stool softeners or fiber in your diet. If the symptoms persist for sure see your medical doctor. Although blood in the stool is one of the common symptoms in colon cancer, for your age group is not common.

In brief: Hemorrhoid is likely

Given your age and infrequency of the symptoms hemorrhoid is the more likely cause.
Keep your bowel movements soft using stool softeners or fiber in your diet. If the symptoms persist for sure see your medical doctor. Although blood in the stool is one of the common symptoms in colon cancer, for your age group is not common.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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Dr. Cynthia Anderson
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Most commonly yes

Patients with colon cancer usually see blood more frequently than once or twice and it is usually associated with weight loss or change in your bowel habits.
But it still needs to be evaluated because you could have polyps, inflammatory disease, or the beginnings of other conditions that need to be ruled out. Please bring this to the attention of your doctor for a checkup.

In brief: Most commonly yes

Patients with colon cancer usually see blood more frequently than once or twice and it is usually associated with weight loss or change in your bowel habits.
But it still needs to be evaluated because you could have polyps, inflammatory disease, or the beginnings of other conditions that need to be ruled out. Please bring this to the attention of your doctor for a checkup.
Dr. Cynthia Anderson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Med eval

Causes for rectal bleeding can include hemorrhoids, fissure, fistula, cancer or inflammatory or infectious GI conditions.
Encourage you to see your doctor to get it checked out.

In brief: Med eval

Causes for rectal bleeding can include hemorrhoids, fissure, fistula, cancer or inflammatory or infectious GI conditions.
Encourage you to see your doctor to get it checked out.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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