Hi, sorry for the reason you are here.
For what it is worth, I had no symptoms, just bleeding hemorrhoids. My PCP decided those bleeding hemorrhoids were going to be my excuse for getting my baseline colonoscopy early in life. The rest of my story is in my signature line.
Many years prior, my mother ended up in the ER, rectal bleeding, serious stomach pain. They did a colonoscopy on her, no cancer not even a polyp, just a bad case of diverticulosis.
Last fall I had a cancer scare, I had radiation prior to my cancer surgery back in 2004, I am aware this puts me at a higher risk for bladder cancer. Last fall, I started passing blood. Got into my PCP, yep you have blood in your urine, sent me off to a Urologist. Urologist set up a Cat scan. Bladder looks fine, butt radiologist is picking up something small on my left kidney. Urologist can not see it, but sends me in for a MRI. MRI confirms there is something there. Now Urologist got to get samples of it. Cancer is at the top of everyones list.
During all of this, I see my GYN, explain what is going on. She is like, don't be surprised if the bleeding is not coming from my vagina. As she put it, she has never seen such bad scar tissue and damage as in my vagina. Radiation damage. I would have the surgery where the Urologist went inside my bladder, up a tube and inside my kidney to get samples from this suspicious spot. Bottom line, no cancer.
Why am I telling you this, truth is it could be a number of different things, butt we humans tend to jump to the worst conclusion, cancer. I know it is hard, but keep telling you self if could be a lot of things, cancer is just one possibility. If they suspect colon cancer you will be getting a colonoscopy.
Keep us post, avoid the Dr. Google, you can diagnoses yourself with anything with Dr. google.
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 - 16 years and counting!