I'm a 20 year old male I just recently had blood test which show no known abnormalities the last time when i had black in my stool it was test on a feccal acute blood test and those days I was worried about I found out today that those days where negative for blood but recently just a day ago I saw red mixed in my stool, told my doctor and she said it might be hemorrhoids. what should I think? should I panic? how rare is it for a twenty year old to have colon cancer? I think I'm about to go into the emergency room becuase if its causing no pain during bowel movements maybe it's cancer - I'm terrified.
At your age, it is most likely a hemorrhoid, or a large stool stretching the skin too far causing a bit of bleeding. But anytime you have blood in the stool, it should be checked out. You dont need to go to the ER because this is NOT an emergency, even if it were cancer (which I doubt that it is). If you want to see someone right away, go to Urgent Care, not the ER. ER is very, very expensive and being a non emergency, you will just be clogging the system for those that are there for a true emergency. Honestly, the ER will probably send you right back home and tell you to follow up with your general practitioner because this is not an emergency (that wont stop them from charging you a huge bill for coming to the ER though)! Dont panic! At your age, it is unlikely to be cancer unless you have a close blood relative that had colon cancer at a young age. It is VERY rare for a 20 y/o to have colon cancer. Hemorrhoids often do not cause pain but they can bleed quite a lot.
Do you strain to go to have a bowel movement or do you have large stools? You might try adding something like Benefiber to some juice a couple times a day, drink at least 64 oz of water a day and eat lots of fruits and veggies and this should soften your stools. Most people your age do not get enough water or fiber in their diet and it leads to hard stools and this in turn will make your rectum bleed because you strain to go. I would have you ask your Dr to check it out. She should be able to do a quick exam to see if you have hemorrhoids or fissures (little cuts from stretched skin/rectal tissue) and she may want to have you do a colonoscopy just to be sure because even though you are young, never say never but it is so very rare that I dont think you need to worry.
I have freaked out over 30 years with the same exact thing. Red blood is USUALLY normally always I fissure, tare, hemoroid either outside or inside. I got so freaked had every test run for it. I get these episodes and never has had anything to do with my bowel movements, straining to lift things or anything. Try not to panic...
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