i have had blood in my stool for some time, over a year. i originally thought it might be from hemmoroids (hemorrhoids), but my mother recently was diagnosed with colon cancer so now i feel that i should find out for sure. also, within the last 4 months my abdomen has been very bloated and i have been very gassy.
A lot does depend on your age, and everyone starting at 50 should be getting regular colonoscopies. Because cancers tend to be hereditary, I would get to a GI doctor and get checked out to be on the safe side. The blood may be hemorrhoids, but since your mother was diag. with colon cancer, and you have other symptoms, I would error on the cautious side. Bloating and gas can result from what you are eating, or IBS. But instead of guessing, see a GI doctor and put your mind at ease.
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