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    What does blood in the toilet after bowel movement mean?

    For the last 2 days there has been blood in toilet after bowl movement what should I do? My doctor is closed today.
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thanks for your question.

    Blood in the toilet bowl after using your bowels can be caused by a number of things.

    It is important to have this assessed by a medical doctor in order to have the problem seen to, diagnosed and treated ASAP.

    If your current doctor is away, see if you can make an appointment with another GP within the same clinic in order for them to access your current records and medical history.

    Bleeding from the bowel can be caused by haemorrhoids resulting from straining, a possible bowel tumour/ cancer, polyps located within the bowel, anal fissures, or if you have eaten beetroot or consumed beetroot juice, this can cause your stool to look as though there is blood present.

    This is why it is important to be assessed by a doctor in order for them to do a complete assessment in order to alleviate your concerns and to understand the possible causes.

    For further information re: bowel cancer symptoms follow the Bowel Cancer Australia weblink

    Kind Regards,
    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.

    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

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