Thank you for your question re: your recent passing of bright blood.
In answer to your question - yes, you should see your doctor in order to have your bowel assessed to see what could be causing the bleeding.
You are certainly not being an alarmist by being proactive with your health.
Like most diseases, bowel cancer can often cause symptoms which are similar to other unrelated conditions.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult your doctor.
Symptoms can include:
- A recent, persistent change in bowel habit to looser, more diarrhoea-like motions, going to the toilet more often, or trying to go (ie. irregularity in someone whose bowels have previously been regular)
- Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool
- Diarrhoea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness or cramps
- Stools that are narrower than usual
- A lump or mass in your tummy
- Weight loss for no known reason
- Persistent, severe abdominal pain, which has come on recently for the first time (especially in an older age group)
- Feeling very tired
If you have any of these symptoms, it does not mean that you have bowel cancer, but it is very important you discuss them with your doctor.
You might also be interested in looking at the Bowel Cancer Australia Website: http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141&Itemid=290
I hope this helps.
Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser
Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.
If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
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