Re: Does bleeding always mean cancer?
I had blood in my stools, on and off, for 4 years. Like you, I ignored it. A doctor told me it was IBS or hemmerhoids(sp?). Sometimes, the bleeding stopped. I didn't know anything about colon cance. Besides, I was in my early 30s. Fortunately, after being persuaded by my older sister, I went to see a gastroenterologist, who had me have an immediate colonoscopy, within 3 days of seeing him. I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, at the earliest stage. Though it was caught early, I did have radiation but no chemotherapy or major surgery. For 3 years, I was monitored closely, but I'm here, because I went in and didn't wait any longer. I know you are scared. I was terrified. Colon cancer is very treatable and curable. None of this means you do have colon cancer, but, the only way to deal with this, is by getting tested. My symptoms were similar: sporadic bleeding and acute constipation, but that could mean IBS. Don't let doctors tell you, like they did me, that you are too young to have colon cancer. I met a few people, in their 20s, being treated as well. I am so empathetic about your fears. My heart goes out to you, but checking it out is the best thing for you to do right now. Do you have any family or friends to help you deal with this? Take Care.
Last edited by wmkcolors; 04-24-2005 at 02:57 PM.