Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by red02 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 01:26 AM
Hi. I am 20 years old. About two months ago I started to randomly bleed any time I used to restroom. Did not matter if it was just a simple urination or a bowel movemnt. There would be blood and A LOT of it. I didn't think much of it because it would happen every time for a few days and then go away. Then in between times I would start to get these serious abdominal pains. They would bring me down to my knees. I finally decided to go to the ER.The did a paps exam, rectal exam, catscan, drew blood and a urine sample. The Dr. found that I have several cyst on my ovaries which is probably causing the abdominal pain. Nothing he is to worried about as cyst typically go away. However, he is sending me to a GI for a colonoscopy (not sure the spelling is right) as he can not rule out colon cancer. He ruled out any type of kidney infection and anything like that. And he did say colon cancer is not normally found in people my age, however my dad did have colon cancer. So hearing that he explained to me that my chances of having it have gone it but he in know was diagnoising me until I get a colonoscopy done.My symptoms are when I use the restroom there will be blood. And I mean A LOT of blood. It will not happen for a few days, sometimes a month and then it returns. I also have noticed myself becoming increasingly tired. No matter how much sleep I get or how little I do one day, I will feel just completly exhausted and drained. I was just looking for some advice. If there is a chance of me having colon cancer or if it sounds like it may be something differnt. Just wanting some expereince advice from young people who may have and/or had colon cancer or from parents. Just looking to find out some more about this. My dad was diagnosed when he was older, in his 50's and has passed away so I can't exactly ask him.Thank you for any help or advice :))
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