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Cancer: Colon Message Board

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This is not really the place for advice like this, simply because you are going to hear from people who currently have colorectal cancer.

What you need to understand, and what I am finally beginning to, is that many gastrointestinal issues mimic other issues (i.e. the symptoms of a benign issue is very similar to that of a malignant source).

I am going to a Gastroenterologist tomorrow for blood, mucus and increased frequency. Colitis runs in my family, colon cancer does not, and I'm only 26. I made the mistake of googling "colon cancer in the young" and I got to read all of these stories of young people, like you and me, getting colon cancer. Then, out of panic, I go to my regular practitioner doctor who said only 2% of people who come in with blood in their stool, be it bright red, or found on a FOBT, are found to have a malignant source.

All of your symptoms can be explained by Irritable Bowel Disease, which would be more common for your age category. I had a friend who had rectal bleeding and after a colonoscopy, it was found that he had IBS + hemorrhoids. The IBS caused increased frequency which irritated the hemorrhoids and caused bleeding. He was put on a strict diet for a month and it has since cleared up.

In the end, you will need to see a doctor, but don't expect the worst. If you do not go see a doctor, you will do nothing but research and drive yourself nuts doing so. No one can diagnose an illness over the internet, obviously. Don't go borrowing trouble when you don't need to :)

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