Like many others who come, scared!!! Avoid Dr. Google, you can diagnose your self with anything with Dr. Google. Many people come here convienced that they have cancer only to learn after the colonoscopy that they are fine. Also know that many different issues could be causing your symptoms. Cancer is just "ONE" possibility.
Does colon cancer run in your family?
I gather you are with the VA. I concur, thank you for your service. First, since you've passed some blood, get a colonoscopy, do not settle for sigmoidoscopy. A colonoscopy will give you a true diagnoses if anything is going on. 2nd, tell them you will accept a cancellation even at the last minute. Make sure you have the prep solution on hand. Sometimes that gets you in faster.
Butt demand that colonoscopy.
During the mean time, try not to worry. For what it is worth, many years ago, my mother ended up in the ER, serious bleeding and stomach pain. A colonoscopy was done. No cancer, not even one polyp, just a bad case of diverticulosis. Again, cancer is just one possibility out of many.
Keep us posted, butt try not to worry,
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!