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Hi, I'm not asking for a recommendation--I know that no matter what the concern, the "safest" move is to get it checked out by a doctor through a colonoscopy. It gives you your best chance at surviving cancer if you have it, and it'll give you piece of mind if you don't have it. Of course, if you do have it, the "piece of mind" thing goes down the drain...which is why I'm hesitant.

Anyway, my question is as follows:

I experienced some rectal bleeding in February of 2007, which really alarmed me. The first time it happened I just noticed red streaks on the toilet paper, and I knew I'd been straining, so I figured it was probably something on or near the anus. Two days later, what scared me into scheduling an appointment was seeing a blood clot (blood lined in mucus) in the water. The gastroenterlogist I visited did a digital rectal exam (didn't find any abnormalities) and said it was probably hemorrhoids, but to keep an eye on it (while I altered my diet to include more fiber) and if I had a recurrence, to schedule another appointment.

Well, 34 months went by without one, as far as I could tell. I did occasionally notice reddish pieces in the stool, but it was pretty obvious that these incidences were from undigested carrots or tomatoes.

But last night after a fairly large dinner, I had a bowel movement and noticed that some of the stool in the bowl was colored red. I [I]think[/I] it was just coated in blood as opposed to mixed, but I wasn't sure. Additionally, the toilet paper would have blood with a chunk or two of stool mixed in.

I went a couple of more times that night and noticed only trace amounts of blood on the outside of the stool in the successive ones.

It seems to have vanished now, but I'm obviously freaking out again.

Anyway, I'd just like to know what such a long period of time in between occurrences likely means. I have a sinking feeling that I had a chance to actually be one of the "lucky" ones who caught it early enough to possibly survive it back during my first episode but blew it in not demanding a colonoscopy back then. Now that it's been almost 3 years...if it was cancer all along, I might as well begin writing my will.

However, aside from having a little more blood, I haven't definitively noticed any new symptoms. I've been a little more tired than usual the past week or so, but that's probably due to my sleep schedule.

I turn 25 in February, BTW.

Thanks to anyone who may take the time to read this and respond.

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