Lower Gastrointestinal Problems May Be A Sign Of Colon Cancer

Lower gastrointestinal problems can include rectal bleeding as well as a host of other possible problems.

Online PR News – 23-August-2013 – Glasgow – Lower gastrointestinal problems can include rectal bleeding as well as a host of other possible problems. These conditions are usually a symptom of illnesses and ailments such as piles but they can also point to colon cancer and other serious illnesses. People with such symptoms are encouraged to seek medical advice especially if the problem worsens or additional symptoms are identified. As well as rectal bleeding there are other symptoms that patients are encouraged to look out for in a bid to help identify the potential problem.

Rectal bleeding, or bleeding from the bottom, may be caused by many different factors and while some of them are serious and will require intervention, others may heal themselves. Patients that are at all concerned about their lower gastrointestinal symptoms should consult a doctor as soon as possible to help ensure that any major problems are quickly identified. This can prove the key to successful diagnosis and treatment of problems like colon cancer.

A small tear around the anus, or a burst blood vessel may be the cause of rectal bleeding and neither of these problems is considered life threatening or especially serious. Where the blood is bright red it tends to mean that the bleeding is coming from immediately around the anus. Of greater concern is dark and sticky blood because this is usually an indication that the bleeding is occurring from further up the digestive system and this typically means more serious problems.

Colon cancer is a common form of cancer and it is one of the reasons that people are encouraged to have rectal bleeding checked out as soon as possible. The cancer usually starts out as small lumps known as polyps. These will not always become cancerous but locating them and identifying them could prove to be the single most effective way of identifying colon cancer early. Even a single polyp could indicate that a person has colon cancer, although this typically only turns out to be the case in 1% of cases.

Colon cancer can run in families so those patients with a family history of the disease and that suffer from rectal bleeding should consider it extremely important that they are checked out thoroughly and quickly. A GP or consultant will conduct a full family history and medical check to determine the likelihood that rectal bleeding may be associated with colon cancer.

There are other lower gastrointestinal symptoms that may indicate that a person has colon cancer or another serious GI disease. If bowel movements change dramatically and do not revert back to normal within a few days or weeks then the patient should consult a doctor or specialist as soon as possible.

There are many potential causes of rectal bleeding and other lower gastrointestinal symptoms. Piles and anal fissions are common and they can lead to bleeding, discomfort, and pain. Where patients feel generally unwell and may have other symptoms, they should consult a doctor or specialist to be properly checked out.