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    Should I be worried about blood in my stool?

    I have dark blood appear in my stool the last 2 days and a slight diarrhoea.

    My mother had colon cancer, should I be concerned?

    Should I go see a GP?
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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 very much for your question.

    Please refer to our earlier answer to a similar question on Healthshare at - http://www.healthshare.com.au/questions/48507-do-i-need-tests-done-if-i-have-blood-in-my-stools

    If you have blood in your stools, and also due to your family history, 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.

    We hope this helps to answer your question.

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia
    www.bowelcanceraustralia.org


    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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