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Blood in stool and rectal pressure

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I’m a 38 year old female and have had blood in my stool once in awhile for years. When I would see blood I would increase my fiber and then I wouldn’t see anymore. About a year and a half ago, I was having blood in my stool more fragrantly so I went and saw my Dr. He did a quick fecal exam on me and found no blood in it, but still referred me to a specialist. The specialist didn’t seem worried and we decided to wait a few months, if the bleeding continued or got worse then we would do a colonoscopy. Well, the bleeding went away and I was feeling great until almost two weeks ago. I did see some blood in my stool this past Feb., but again it was only with one bowel movement. But now during these past two weeks, I have had a blood in my stool with a few bowel movements along with rectal pressure, menstrual type cramping and bloating. My period is due in a week, so I don’t know if the cramping and bloating are from that. The main things that bother me of course is the blood and the rectal

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replied April 26th, 2010
Colon Cancer Answer A11573
In most cases, rectal bleeding in people your age will be due to benign causes, such as hemorrhoids or anal fissures. However, only a colonoscopy can completely rule-out a precancerous polyp or a colorectal cancer.

If you are having recurrent rectal bleeding, then you should heed your doctor's advice, and undergo a colonoscopy.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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