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Is my Rectal Bleeding Colon Cancer or Hemorroids

Updated on February 29, 2012

Bright Red Blood in Stools

Any sort of bleeding that is not normal is always a concern, but for those who have a higher risk of health issues that run in the family, it can be especially daunting ! One of the scariest things to happen is having rectal bleeding. We know obviously that this is not normal, and generally tend to think the worst. such as "Is it colon caner ?"

Having a history of colon cancer in my family, I have studied up on it and hope to answer some of your questions.

If you are experiencing bright red blood in your stools or when you wipe, the cause is most likely hemorrhoids or a small tear in the anus. Colon cancer does not produce bright red blood.

Colon Cancer Symptoms

The biggest reason that colon cancer is hard to detect is that there are virtually no symptoms until it is in the later stages of cancer.

Unlike hemorrhoids, the blood that accompanies that of colon cancer is actually a light to dark brown. Making it virtually undetectable by the naked eye. To have it tested you have to take a sample of feces to the lab where blood can be detected.

Because of the blood loss, it can make someone anemic very easily.

Of course, if you have any sort of bleeding from the rectum that is a large quantity of blood you should go to the ER immediately.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Italy

      Everything I've read about colon cancer has seemed to say that opposite about symptoms. Other than gas, change in bowel habits or pain in the stomach area, which can be caused by many different things other than colon cancer, it's hard to detect the symptoms... I agree, if ever in doubt ask your doctor !

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Italy

      I absolutely agree, it's always best to talk to your Doctor !

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      There actually are symptoms to colon cancer early on that are easily detected if one is familiar with them. Ask your doctor.

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      Eliminate Cancer 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you for explaining this. Always a good idea to be familiar with symptoms, but a good rule of thumb is whenever your body is doing something out of the ordinary, ask your doctor.