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    Most People Fail to Seek Care for Rectal Bleeding
    Wed May 22,10:27 AM ET
    By Melissa Schorr

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Health) - Three-quarters of adults with rectal bleeding fail to consult their doctor even though this can be a possible sign of colon cancer, Australian researchers reported Tuesday at Digestive Disease Week, an annual conference being held here.

    "It's a worry that people aren't consulting their doctors to find out the cause of rectal bleeding," lead author Guy D. Eslick, a clinical epidemiologist at the University of Sydney in Penrith, Australia, told Reuters Health.

    The researchers conducted a nationally representative survey of nearly 1,000 Australian men and women, asking whether they had experienced rectal bleeding during the prior year and whether or not they had sought treatment. Two-thirds of those surveyed responded.

    Blood in the stool is a possible indication of colon cancer; however, it can also indicate such benign problems such as constipation or hemorrhoids, Eslick noted.

    The investigators found that 17% of the adults reported discovering blood in their urine or stools during the prior year. However, of these patients, only one-quarter went to see their doctor in response to this discovery.

    Women aged 18 to 39 were more likely to report rectal bleeding, while males aged 40 to 59 were more likely to report bleeding. More than two-thirds described the blood as "bright," probably indicting a burst blood vessel from hemorrhoids, Eslick said.

    "Young people probably don't need to be as concerned," Eslick said. "The majority could assume that it's hemorrhoids or constipation."

    However, he advised anyone with recurrent bleeding, bleeding of mixed bright and dark spots, or of mature age, to seek medical advice. "We need greater education that if you suffer recurrent rectal bleeding, you need to get it assessed."

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    rectal bleeding

    Good advice! We all need to be our own best advocates for our health care. So much is known today that demonstrates the importance and successful outcome of early diagnosis in most conditions! CRF
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      what about bleeding from dig stim? Is this a cause for concern and/or a risk of developping colon cancer?

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      • #4
        rectal bleeding

        barenakedlady - How often do you have rectal bleeding with digital stim? Is the stim being done with a gentle circular motion and with a well lubricated finger. Is the person doing the stim using a small finger? A frequent and constant bleeding from this procedure should not be occurring. CRF
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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