Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 5

Another common misconception about Bowel Cancer… If you experience rectal bleeding and then it goes away, that doesn’t mean it was nothing.

This is something I was told by a GP and was something a lady I recently spoke to had also heard the same statement from her GP.

colon_cancer-resized-600.jpgI was told that if the bleeding stopped, that would indicate that it was probably a small tear in the colon and nothing to worry about.  I now know this is not always the case.  Polyps – which can develop into cancerous tumours – can bleed sporadically.  So just because the bleeding has stopped, it doesn’t mean that everything is OK.

 

The only way to truly know is to have a colonoscopy so get a referral from your GP! 

More in colonoscopy’s soon…..

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