Young 25 year Female - Scared of Possible Bowel Cancer. Any advice?

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I'm a 25 year old female - healthy, good diet & healthy weight.

I noticed during a pregnancy occasional bleeding when passing a bowel movement - put it down to constipation. However, I had a miscarriage (now 2 months ago) and noticed the bleeding continued.

I spoke to my GP about it not long after - and we put it down to hormonal changes etc.

However, I have noticed my stools are now covered with bright red blood and mucus, almost every time i pass a BM. It doesn't hurt to go to the toilet and for the most part, my stool is normal apart from the blood and mucus, I haven't noticed any weight loss. Just bloating/tender stomach sometimes and hot sweats at night(occasionally)

I have booked to go back to my GP - but I am absolutely terrified it is cancer. Has anyone had any similar experiences and it turned out to not be cancer?

Please help - i'm an anxious mess!

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    I just bought a bowel cancer test kit for £30, I will get the results in 4 days. Saves waiting 6 weeks for hospital test.

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    Hi Am,

    I'm very sorry about your miscarriage. First of all, you are very very young to have bowel cancer. Don't read google. According to google everyone has cancer. That being said, I don't believe rectal bleeding is caused by hormonal changes. Was your doctor possibly confused and thought you meant vaginal bleeding? I am 42 and have been seeing small amounts of blood streaked on my stool for the past 7 months. Sometimes it was bright red, sometimes it looked darker and was often accompanied by very very small blood clots. It also was attached to mucus. I told myself it must be hemorrhoids. I finally got a colonoscopy this past Tuesday. I had a large polyp in my Sigmoid colon. Don't hold off on getting checked. I put a colonoscopy off for the past 7 months because I was so scared. It was not difficult or scary and my mind is now at ease.

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      HI May, thank you for the reply

      the GP Definietly knew i was reffering to bleeding in the stool - said that it was most likely a hemarroid and fischer caused when my progesterone levels were growing and causing constipation in the pregnancy.

      From what i can see, there have been no clots- just enough blood for me to notice (on the stool) accompanied by the mucus.

      Going back to the DR this wednesday so i will ask for further testing..

      Google has definetly indicated cancer so i really do need to stop reading it so much!

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