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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Rectal Bleeding

So far you have indicated that you have seen rectal bleeding without any other symptoms, and you do not have a family history of polyps or cancer. The chance that colon cancer is causing the rectal bleeding is low. It has been estimated that 90 percent of all minimal rectal bleeding episodes come from benign changes in the rectum or anus area.  Hemorrhoids are the most common cause of bleeding.

However, you still need further evaluation to look for a cause. Contact your doctor.

How old you are will be one factor your doctor considers in the evaluation of your rectal bleeding.

How old are you?

Younger than 30

Between 30 and 40

Between 40 and 50

50 or older

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