Hi guys--this is kind of off the cuff but I really think it is important for many of us to pass on.
I have been extremely lucky to have had surgery and chemo to rid myself of bowel cancer--Now to the point!
I was diagnosed in 1997 with heamharoids(never could spell the word-but you get the drift).
The symptoms were bleeding from the bowel albiet only in small amounts.At that time I was told to monitor the bleeding level and should it become worse to see the specialist and have an op. to rectify it.
It was only in july 2003 that I decided to get the op. done and a further exploration revealed my cancer.
Basically the haemharoid problem "masked" my cancer for many months!
It is unfortunate in this day and age that anything to do with ones bowel movements is "taboo"--ie; not spoken of--particularly with males--and is also something that MANY find difficult to see a doctor about.
I am really trying to get the message out that this is very serious--colon cancer is very hard to detect--in my case I was lucky!
PLEASE, PLEASE--tell all who will listen-males/females---if they suffer any bleeding whatever--get it thoroughly checked--it may save lives!This is one cancer that can be "masked" by another illness!
nuph of me
bless you all-kanga n jen