Bloody Stool and Colon Cancer
A stool test can be performed at home or in a doctor's office. Types of stool tests include fecal occult blood tests and stool DNA tests.
The Colon Health Check kit is an easy way to test for hidden blood in your stool. However, this at-home test kit is not a substitute for colon cancer screening.
Hematochezia (the passage of bright red, bloody stools) usually indicates the large intestine is bleeding somewhere. The most common causes of hematochezia are diverticulitis and hemorrhoids. However, hematochezia can also be a symptom of colon cancer.
I am 17 years old, relatively active, and more often than not I am strictly eating vegetables. Starting this week, I noticed bright red blood in my stool. Not a whole lot, but just in one part of the poop. The minute I noticed it, I became very concerned that it could be colon cancer. But, I realize that this is one possibility among some others.
Mitch is a blue collar worker from Las Vegas who received a colonoscopy because he found blood in his stool. Mitch is glad he went because the test found colon cancer that was successfully removed. Learn more about Mitch's story.
A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a noninvasive test that detects the presence of hidden (occult) blood in the stool. Learn the types of FOBT's along with their advantages and disadvantages.