8. Bowel cancer
This is a less likely cause of blood in your stool, but a possibility nonetheless. Rectal bleeding – whereby the blood comes from your anus as you pass stool, as opposed to the blood being a part of the stool – is one of the early warning signs that you have bowel cancer. This is a condition that affects both the rectum and the colon.
Colon cancer is a serious condition, and if caught early, the treatment will be effective 90% of the time. It’s for this reason that anal bleeding or blood in your stool should not be ignored, and you should speak to your doctor.
As well as blood in your stool, bowel cancer sufferers may also experience a change in their bowel habits over a three-week period or longer. Lumps in the stomach area accompanied by weight loss and abdominal pain are common, too.
9. Diverticular disease
The diverticula are a part of the colon, and are small pockets that begin to bulge and get larger, and more numerous, as a person ages. While these diverticula don’t actually pose any threat to an individual, they can cause problems if they become infected or are damaged, causing bleeding in the colon and even weakening blood vessels.
Most individuals with these diverticula issues won’t experience any other symptoms than blood in their stool, though some might well experience pain in the lower abdominal area.
10. Peptic ulcers
Finally, there is a possibility that you have peptic ulcer is you are experiencing blood in your stool. These are open sores that are found in the upper part of your small intestines, and they tend to be causes by bacterial infections. Your doctor will be able to give you medication for this, but you need to speak to medical professional in order to get this medication and treatment.
So, don’t be embarrassed – if you’re experiencing blood in your stool, be sure to seek advice!