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blood found in stool

Hi I am 23 year old male. I spend most of my days sitting down and studying for school, I exercise usually 2 times a week. The last few months I haven't really been exercising at all, my diet and sleep order was a mess. That's when I started realize that my stool was becoming really thick and hard. There was bright red blood on the toilet paper when I wipe. Sometimes bright red blood would drip into the toilet. When I checked the stool few weeks ago I saw blood on it.

Last 2 weeks I started exercising again and sleeping and eating routine went back to normal.My stool returned to the normal ones I usually have too which is small lumpy and soft blobs. However I am still seeing little spots of bright red blood on it.

Other than my mom who had breast cancer a decade ago, my family has no other history of cancer that I can think of.

My doctor says get a colonoscopy done for me but doesn't recommend it at all. I was wondering if I should take the test cause I am a bit worried that I may have colon-rectal cancer.
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replied June 1st, 2018
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

The constipation is likely the cause for the hard stool and subsequent streaks of blood in stool. With no significant family history of colon cancer, jumping straight to colonoscopy at age 23 would be a far fetched shot. Please consult a gastroenterologist who may treat you empirically for constipation. If the bowel habits normalize then there may not be a need for a colonoscopy. FOBT and Digital rectal exam can be done.

Wishing you best of health


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