Seeing blood in the toilet or on toilet paper can be a frightening experience for anyone. It is strongly recommended that anytime you experience rectal bleeding, you have it evaluated by a physician. Early detection of this issue helps with prevention of severe damage. For example, with colonoscopy, we can remove precancerous polyps from your colon and prevent them from developing into cancer. The key is not to wait and think that something common like hemorrhoids are causing the rectal bleeding and will go away over time with no long term effects.
Blood in your stool means that there is bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. The most common causes of rectal bleeding are:
Rectal bleeding may be caused by benign conditions like hemorrhoids, but this can only be determined by a thorough examination. This examination could include some tests to determine the cause of the rectal bleeding. The type of exam used will depend on several factors like your age, symptoms, family history and your medical history.
The three most common tests are: