Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

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Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby luckywilson » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:11 pm

I'm a 38 year old female. I'm trying not to freak - but my father was diagnosed with colon cancer at 44 - actually he was misdiagnosed with hemorrhoids for 1 year then diagnosed with colon cancer at 45, he had surgeries and chemo and radiation and died at 54. My mother also dies, though of ovarian cancer at 59.
Two days ago I went to the bathroom to pee and when i wiped there was a lot of mucus with blood in it on the paper - I couldn't work out where it was coming from - but I worked out it was the back not the front. Later when I pooped there was blood on the stool. Since then I have had nothing. I have been exhausted for a month - but I thought it was the side effect of a new antidepressant I'm taking. I have never been this tired in my life. Everyone is saying - it's just internal hemorrhoids, like I shouldn't be worried, but I am. If it was cancer would I be bleeding all the time? Today I had a bowel movement with no visible blood. I don't feel well, but I can't tell if that is panic/anxiety. I saw my regular dr yesterday, she couldn't see anything, she did a digital rectal exam and felt nothing. Am I being ridiculous?

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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby esk2poo » Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:52 pm

Sorry for your losses and the way you are feeling. To put your mind at ease, find a good gastroenterologist and demand a colonoscopy. The recommendation is for you to have one ten years before your parents were diagnosed so you are overdue. Stay away from google and get an appointment.
Good luck,
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby luckywilson » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:51 pm

Thank you Allen. You are right Google has not been my friend these past 48 hours :| I have made an appt to see a gastroenterologist on Monday morning - hoping she can do a colonoscopy soon...

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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby orcasres » Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:18 pm

You definitely should get a colonoscopy as soon as possible. It is the only way to be sure o things and with your family history you are definitely due. You should have been eligible for one by current guidelines at age 34 or 35 at the latest. Get that scope and get back to the forum to let us know how you are doing. Lois
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby jhocno197 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:13 pm

I'm surprised they haven't done a colonoscopy on you sooner, given your father's young age at diagnosis! Definitely demand one ASAP!
DH - dx Dec 2014, stage IV with bladder & peritoneal involvement - non-resectable
Colostomy
FOLFOX failed
FOLFIRI failed
Tumor actually distending pelvic skin
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby Lydia666 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:18 pm

No, cancer does not always bleed- mucus is suspicious. Please get a colonoscopy, it is the only thing you can do right now. It could be just a polyp, they can give the same symptoms.
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby peanut_8 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:00 am

Hi luckywilson Welcome to ColonTalk.

I can certainly understand why you would be concerned. You need a colonoscopy. With your Father having colon cancer at age 44, ideally you would have had your first colonoscopy at age 34. It is an additional concern that your Mom had ovarian cancer. That makes me suspicious that you may have a genetic condition called Lynch 'syndrome, which would make you susceptible to a few different cancers. You are not being ridiculous. Please insist on a colonoscopy, and then potentially genetic consulting. And keep us posted on your progress.
Best Wishes, peanut
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby Nik Colon » Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:46 am

Didn't read the replies yet, but you should have had a colonoscopy at 34, 10 yrs b4 your dad's dx, that is protocol. Please go in

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Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:51 pm

I agree with everyone else that it's best to get an appointment with a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. Sorry about your father and mother.*hugs* Please let us know how you make out.*hugs*
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby crazylife » Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:26 pm

Yes, please go. My husband was diagnosed at 41 and my children will start screening at 31.
Wife to DH, 41 years old, diagnosed 11/15
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby del » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:15 pm

luckywilson wrote:If it was cancer would I be bleeding all the time? Today I had a bowel movement with no visible blood.


No, bleeding from bowel cancer can be intermittent (it was in my case). There are lots of things that can cause blood & mucus in your stools but the only way to know for sure is a colonoscopy. Try to stay away from Dr Google for now too, you will have plenty of time to research once you find out what it is but right now it will only give you added stress. Best wishes and please let us know how it goes!
Male, 33 @ dx, stage 1 RC (T1N0M0 0/29 LNs)
2016-02 - Cancerous polyp removed during colonscopy, 0.5 mm margin
2016-03 - ULAR & TME surgery, temp ileostomy
2016-04 - DVT, pulmonary embolism
2016-11 - Ileostomy reversal
2018-10 - Another DVT & PE

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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby WriterGirl1969 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:46 pm

luckywilson wrote:Thank you Allen. You are right Google has not been my friend these past 48 hours :| I have made an appt to see a gastroenterologist on Monday morning - hoping she can do a colonoscopy soon...


I see that folks here have already left you some wonderful responses and advice. As a newly diagnosed, I can tell you that the information here is absolutely invaluable. Like they said, try to stay off google. Most of what you read is outdated or just plain not right, as various threads here have posts on. You're doing just the right thing getting to a GI. Stress the age of your father's diagnosis. That should be the trigger to ensure they do the procedure. If not, go to another one. Don't give up. And don't freak out. It could be a lot of different things. You are doing what you need to and getting checked now vs. waiting, which is great no matter what.

It's terrible to hear you had to lose your parents so young. My heart and prayers go out to you. Deep breaths, keep us posted, and lots of hugs.

--Tracy
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Stage IIIB: T3N1M0
3/31/16 Surgery
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CEA: 10/16 0.56, 1/17 0.54
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby luckywilson » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:39 pm

Thank you all so much for your posts, advice and good wishes so far. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist in the morning - I will keep you posted. Your support and info these past few days have been invaluable. I have 2 young kids so I can't talk about it really, it's been so helpful to have this space as it's been really hard to put it out of my mind. X

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Postby WriterGirl1969 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:33 pm

luckywilson wrote:Thank you all so much for your posts, advice and good wishes so far. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist in the morning - I will keep you posted. Your support and info these past few days have been invaluable. I have 2 young kids so I can't talk about it really, it's been so helpful to have this space as it's been really hard to put it out of my mind. X


The not knowing and worry are the worst, for sure. My little man will be 5 in about 2 weeks, so I get the Mom part. Truly. Deep breaths, wait to find out more, we're here if you need us.
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Stage IIIB: T3N1M0
3/31/16 Surgery
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Re: Blood from my rectum/bloody stools - father diagnosed with colon cancer at 44

Postby luckywilson » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:25 am

I saw a gastroenterologist this morning and she was able to fit me in for a colonoscopy on Friday - so I am grateful it is not a long wait. I will keep you posted. Thank you for your kindness and support.


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