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What should I do if I have bleeding when I have a bowel movement?

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It’s a good idea to let your doctor know if you have bleeding from your bottom or blood in your stools. These can be a symptoms of colon cancer, or polyps that could become cancer. Or, depending on where it comes from, it might be hemorrhoids. Your doctor may want to use a lighted tube to check inside your rectum (called an anoscopy), your lower colon (sigmoidoscopy), or your entire colon (colonoscopy).

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

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