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Colon Cancer

Do I have colon cancer?

11/05/2008

Question:

I am 17 years old and I have experienced an awkward situation. I have gone to the restroom and have found blood in my stool. It was dark red and when I wiped myself the toilet paper had mucus of blood. I do not notice any other changes. Although it only happened once I am very frightened because my grandfather passed away of colon cancer and my dad once had it.

Answer:

It is extremely unlikely that you have colon cancer as it almost always occurs over age 40. Having said that, you should be evaluated for the bleeding. The possibilities include hemorrhoids, a tear near the rectum (fissure) or inflammation in the colon (colitis). I suggest that you see your physician.

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Response by:

Gregory S Cooper, MD Gregory S Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University