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I'm a 34 year old male and for the past couple years, I've experienced excessive wiping after a bowel movement. I will always have to go back and wipe 2-3 more times about an hour or so after the bowel movement until it's finally finished. When the stool is harder, I barely have to wipe at all. Every once in a while, I will see a little blood on the toilet paper, but not too often. Does this sound like it's a problem with fiber or possibly a sign of colon cancer? Hopefully not the latter.
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replied June 14th, 2009
While colorectal cancer is uncommon in people your age, it does occasionally occur in younger people. However, most complaints regarding changes in bowel habits, changes in stool consistency and frequency, and the occasional passage of a few drops of bright red blood after bowel movements are due to more common (and benign) causes (e.g., changes in diet, changes in physical activity levels, hemorrhoids, anal fissures).

Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide specific diagnoses to patients over the Internet. I would, therefore, advise that you see your personal physician for an evaluation. If necessary, he/she can refer you to a GI doctor or surgeon for further evaluation.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS
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replied October 4th, 2010
texans, did you ever find out what was causing the problem. I'm 29 years of age and recently experiencing the same problem.
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