Hemorrhoids are typically not dangerous, but could some of their symptoms be related to colon cancer? Many people assume rectal bleeding occurs due to hemorrhoids, but there’s a chance it could be more serious. If you experience rectal bleeding, think twice before chalking it up to hemorrhoids.
In order to gain control of your colon health, knowledge is power. Getting screened is the first step to preventing colon cancer. Consult your physician who can suggest the best method to determine what your symptoms are telling you.
If you’re not quite at the age or risk level for a screening, you can still get involved in your community to spread the word. Because colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable, the more people know about symptoms and prevention, the better.
If your problem does turn out to be hemorrhoids, follow your doctor’s advice to reduce and eliminate them. One way to reduce their likelihood is to increase the amount of fiber and water in your diet so your bowel movements are more regular and soft. Your doctor may also suggest that you see a specialist and have a procedure to remove the hemorrhoids entirely.