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Friday, March 7, 2014
Blood in stool
I am a 24 year old woman with no previous medical problems but I notice every day with a bowel movement i have extreme pain as it passes and the tiolet is filled with red blood. Can this be cancer or hemmoroids?
Your symptoms are consistent with an anal fissure. Try taking a powdered fiber supplement and a small dose of mineral oil daily, to soften and add bulk to stools. If this does not help within a few weeks, please see your doctor for an examination to make sure this is or is not the cause of the problem.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati