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Colon Cancer

Occasional bright red blood on toilet tissue

04/09/2008

Question:

Over the past couple of months, I have been seeing an occasional streak of bright red blood on the toilet tissue after a bowel movement. It only occurs every occasionally (averaging maybe once a week), and it is always just a small streak. I have never noticed any blood in the stool itself or in the bowl, and there is no other indication of bleeding and no other symptoms. I have a compltely clear colonoscopy about 15 months ago (no cancer or polyps). I am 61 years old, and my mother has a history of colon cancer. Should I be concerned, especially after a clean colonoscopy only 15 months ago?

Answer:

It is most likely coming from a hemorrhoid or small tear in the anal area but if it persists you should consult with your physician.

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Response by:

Gregory S Cooper, MD Gregory S Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University