Blood on toilet paper

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I'm a 26 year old male. This began about 6-7 years ago when I discovered blood in the toilet bowl after going #2. I don't recall seeing any boody stool or blood in my stool. If I remember correctly, it was just basically blood dripping from my anus. It contiuned for the next day or two then everything went back to normal. It happened again about 2-3 years ago, same exact situation. I have not found any blood in the toilet bowl since then. However, in the past 6 months I have found blood on my toilet paper twice. On the toilet paper, its not bloody red. Its like streaks of dried blood. I know my family has a history with cancer. I actually spoke to a doctor today and hes going to refer me to a gastro specialist as well as request a colonoscopy for me. Has anyone else have experienced this? Thanks for your replies!

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    Hello.. right i have experienced all of the above. What you need to know is that its probs most def not seriouse. Bright red blood is from the anus opening. Indications of somethi g to worry about would be dark blood in stools streaky like tar... you may have cuts to your anus or piles... i shouldnt worry...
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    I'm not going to tell you its nothing to worry about because you just never know until you know, but I think a little bit of bright red blood for people isn't all that uncommon.

    An irritation from a bowel movement could cause a minor injury or like what happened to me, you can get an internal hemorroid that bleeds.   I had to have one removed that not only bled every once and awhile but started bleeding a lot.   Believe me, when this first started happening it worried the heck out of me.   I was pretty young then too but a few years older than you.

    The good thing though is if this started 6 or 7 years ago and your health hasn't drastically worsened, I'd at least take some comfort in that. 

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      Thanks for your reply. Yes, I've only had two ocassions with blood in toilet bowl lasting 1 day or 2, but I haven't experienced that in a number of years. I do feel it might be from what you mentioned or maybe from a hard stool. I haven't had much health problems within the past 6 or 7 years.

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    I have fresh red blood on toilet paper or dripping over stool painfree for decades every now and then. (Sometimes I feel a 'hard stool' pain and it seems to 'rip' tissue open and it takes often weeks then to heal. Sometimes it's just a painfree surprise.)

    In may case, only fissures, had no rectosigmoidoscopy, still alive. But have no colon cancer running in family, so I could be very relaxed about it.

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      Thanks for your reply. I do have a feeling that blood in bowl or blood on toilet paper is a result of a hard stool or when I am very dry. However, cancer does run in my family. Four of my close ones have been diagnosed with cancer within the past 6 years with 1 of them being colon cancer.
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    Hi Leep. try not to worry. your docis doing absolutely the correct thing by referring you for a colonoscopy. do you have any diarrea or constipation, excessive fatigue, abdominal pain, frequent bowel movements???
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      Thanks for your reply. I have diarreha here and there and no excessive fatigue. I haven't had abdominal pain; however, sometimes I feel pretty gassy.

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      I am no doc, but i think you would have more symptoms if it was anything serious, or disease, but best to checked out by way of colonoscopy. I've had a couple of these scopes & found it best to ask/take the offer of sedation, but you will have to get someone to pick you up afterwards. good luck & let us know on here how you get on.

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    p.s colonscopy standard investigation if you are passing blood from that area, so don't worry.

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