DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT BLOOD IN THE STOOL? (RECTAL BLEEDING) When anyone notices blood in the toilet, it brings panic and fear in most people’s minds. It is rightly so. But we need to understand that most of them do not suffer from the dreaded colorectal cancer.
When should one worry about rectal bleeding? If it is happening for the first time in people above the age of 50 years, then you are likely to need colonoscopy to rule out colorectal cancer. Again, it is only to rule out. Also, the incidence of colorectal cancer is low in India. But a colonoscopy is almost mandatory for this group of patients. If there is family history of cancer, then irrespective of age, a colonoscopy needs to be conducted to rule out colorectal cancer. What is the common cause of rectal bleeding? What are its features? Most of the times, rectal bleeding occurs due to piles (hemorrhoids). When one thinks of the following facts, it puts rectal bleeding in new light: