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Colon Cancer

Mucous in stool

04/24/2007

Question:

I am 54 years old and I have always passed a lot of mucous with bowel movements for as long as I can remember. Now that I am older, could this be a sign of something being wrong? Thank you.

Answer:

Yes, it could be a sign of many things. These things include benign processes, as well as those that are potentially life-threatening. Proctitis, prolapsing hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, and a polyp are all possibilities. Visit a gastroenterologist for a colon exam to determine the cause.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati