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Cancer: Colon Message Board


Cancer: Colon Board Index


Hemmorhoids are not caused by lack of energy or movement. That doesn't mean that you don't have hemorrhoids but the reasons you listed just don't cause them.

You need to get a few facts straight. Cancer can and oftentimes (but not always) can cause rectal bleeding and no, it is not just from anal cancer. There is a vast difference between anal and colorectal cancer. You could have a tumor in your rectum or somewhat higher up that can cause bleeding just as well as an anal tumor. Generally speaking, the higher up the tumor (in the intestinal tract) the less blood you will see on the stool.

Ok, moving on, you very well might have hemorrhoids and the bad thing is that since many of us do, when a doctor performs a DRE (digital rectal exam) he/she can feel the hemmorhoids. Particularly when a young person comes in with rectal bleeding and the doctor can indeed feel a 'hemorrhoid' the exam is over, a diagnosis is given and there are times when a tumor is missed because of that. A tumor can be mistaken for a hemorrhoid simply based on a DRE. Fecal occult blood tests are not necessarily reliable as some tumors just don't bleed. If you are having these symptoms - blood on the toilet paper and more importantly on the stool, you really need to see a doctor and don't let an exam stop with a DRE. Tumors can and are out of the reach of the doctor's finger and he could think everything is fine when it may not be. Or, as I said earlier, he may think he has found (or maybe truly has) a hemorrhoid and stop searching any more. In addition, a definite link has been established between low vitamin D levels and colorectal cancer - something you should be aware of.
Get yourself into the doctor. Start with some bloodwork to check for anemia and be adamant with your doctor about finding the cause for all of this rectal bleeding. Don't be put off by embarrassement. This could be a serious problem and the only way you are going to find out is to get to the doctors and demand that you get scoped.
Jaynee





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