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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do I need tests done if I have blood in my stools?

    If you have blood in your stools, should you have stool samples taken and then a colonscopy?
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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

    Thank you for your question.

    If you have blood in your stools, it is important you see your GP for an assessment in order to rule out any possible causes for the bleeding. This may entail your GP referring you to a Gastroenterologist to assess whether a colonoscopy is required.

    To read more about the symptoms of Bowel Cancer, please follow this link

    If you would like to see Bowel Cancer Australia's screening pathway, please go to and follow the ‘Bowel Cancer’ link, press the ‘worried’ link, and then go to Bowel cancer screening pathway.

    I hope this helps to answer your question.

    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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