worried I have colon cancer, please help!
I usually post on the uterine cancer board because in december 2017, I was diagnosed with stage1a uterine cancer. Had adenocarcinoma that had not spread so a total hysterectomy was done and it took me a year to recover. Lost ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes and of course, uterus.
Pathology said no lymph node invasion so no further treatment was needed. I now go for checkups every 6 months.......
My problem: I have always had rectal bleeding. It started when I was just 18 years old. I am 61 now. I have never ignored it and looked into it with doctors and GI doctors.
since the hysterectomy (maybe a coincidence)? I have spotting of blood on the toilet paper about once every one to 2 weeks. Sometimes I can go three weeks or even a month. I talked to my Oncologist about it and he said it's probably hemorroids and my gyno said the same thing.
I did see a gastroenterologist that did an exam in the office. He said I have both internal and external hemorroids and gave me some cream to put up there. I don't think it helps with the bleeding if that is where the bleeding is coming from. I have prolapsed hemorrids he said and also said seeing I am 61, I need a colonoscopy. I told him I take Lactulose because I have chronic constipation and because of the total hysterectomy they don't want me to get a Rectocele and so I am going to the bathroom about every 2 days.
sometimes I have pencil stool which concerns me but I know the hemorroids are huge and I actually saw one! (sorry for the too much info) I just don't know who to talk to.
Now fast forward, I run on a treadmill at the gym 2 or 3 times a week. I had to stop running because I noticed blood (just speckles) on my underwear afterward. Even at high incline, I still see some blood. I run about 5 miles an hour.
Yesterday was the worst thing. I went to the mall and bought a long coat. It was heavy and I was holding my heavy purse, and my other jacket because I was too warm. I felt like I was straining myself to even walk. I went to the bathroom and saw "spots" on the toilet paper again and this upset me.
This morning, I had a bowel movement. It was pencil thin and coated in blood! I am so upset. I don't know if it's the hemorroids or cancer.
I am calling tomorrow to see if I can get a colonoscopy scheduled.
My question is: if you have colon cancer, does it bleed even without a bowel movement or with just exercise?
Please help. I am so upset and beside myself. The doctor that intially gave me the hemorroid cream said he didn't feel the cancer from the uterus spread because everything was clean except for hyperplasia with atypia and a very early cancer arising in the background of it.
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