Originally Posted by pmartin
Hi I am new to the boards. I am currently waiting to see a GI doctor and I am driving myself crazy by looking at my symptoms on the internet. 4 months ago I decided it was time to take care of myself so I started working out with a trainer and eating properly lots of fruits, veg, and lean meats etc. A month after starting this my stool became loose and didn't correct itself. I went to my gp and he said wait a month. Nothing got better and I noticed when the stool wasn't loose it was getting narrower. Back to the gp ran parasite and blood stool test. Both negative. Now I am waiting till Aug to see the specialist. I didn't have any blood until 2 days ago when I wiped and now there is blood. I do have a large hemorrhoid that won't go away. I'm wondering if maybe I have more internal hemorrhoids that may be causing this. All my symptoms point to some kind of colon, rectal or anal cancer and I am sooo scared. I have 3 1/2 year old twins and I am beside myself with worry which is not making things better.
You know hemorrhoids cause bleeding. There's no reason to believe the bleeding is caused by anything but
the hemorrhoid that you already know you have.
Your looser stools are caused by your increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and your increased activity level.
Since you have 3 year old children, you must be a comparatively young woman.
You should do some research on colo-rectal cancer statistics by age.
It will probably relieve some of your anxiety.
This cancer is very rare
under age 50, and almost unheard of under age 40.
Not to say it couldn't happen... but lightning could strike you, too, and you don't worry about that, because it's so unlikely.
That's about how rare it is for a young woman to get colo-rectal cancer.
Now, you know
you've changed your diet in ways likely to promote looser stool, and you know you have a hemorrhoid, and that hemorrhoids can bleed. Bleeding is one of the main symptoms of hemorrhoids.
Follow up with your doctor by all means if it will make you feel better, but please keep the above facts
in mind and don't let your anxiety run away with you.
You do not have colo-rectal cancer.
Best of luck.
edited to add:
the median age for being diagnosed with colo-rectal cancer is 71, and only 4% of cases occur in individuals under 45 years old. Less than 15% of cases occur before age 55.
This is primarily a disease of old age.