Don’t stick your head in the sand!
Rectal bleeding is very common, but don’t ignore it.
Rectal bleeding may be visible on the toilet paper, in the bowl or mixed with the stool. It may be painless, or associated with a painful condition of the anus.
Whilst rectal bleeding IS often caused by haemorrhoids, or ‘piles’, it is important to have your symptoms assessed by your GP and your colorectal surgeon.
Fresh, or bright-red blood may be from your haemorrhoids. But it can also be from other anal, rectal, or colon problems. Fresh blood doesn’t mean it’s not sinister, nor does bleeding alone necessarily mean cancer.