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Does Anal Bleeding Mean Hemorrhoids or Colon Cancer?

Does Anal Bleeding Mean Hemorrhoids or Colon Cancer?

Woman with stomach painRectal bleeding is serious business, no matter what the cause. But a look at your symptoms can tell you whether you’re looking at hemorrhoids or a symptom that could be related to colon cancer.

Many people think hemorrhoids are only external, and that’s not the case. Internal hemorrhoids often occur, and the first sign of them is bright red streaks of blood on toilet paper, or blood in the toilet bowl or on the stool surface. Other symptoms include itching, skin irritation and pain.

If the bleeding is more frequent and the pain more severe, then there may be a more serious problem taking place. Since bleeding and pain are both signs of colon cancer you need to contact your physician as quickly as possible. He or she will want to examine you, and will likely suggest that you get a colonoscopy to check for tumors or polyps that may be the source of the problem.

If the 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 smooth. Your doctor may also suggest that you see a specialist and have a procedure to remove the hemorrhoids entirely.

posted on December 31, 1969 in news

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Your colonoscopy may be covered for a free or at a reduced cost as a “high risk colon cancer screening,” because with a family history, you may need to get screened earlier than age 50. Contact your health insurance provider to verify your coverage and any conditions that may apply.

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You may need a diagnostic colonoscopyA colonoscopy that is performed in order to explain symptoms is called a diagnostic colonoscopy., which would disqualify you from a free screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer.. But GI symptoms should never be taken lightly. Please, find a gastroenterologist near you today. A gastroenterologist will determine if you need a colonoscopy, and if so, they will walk you through any costs associated with this procedure. Today, with Medicare there is a co-pay or co-insurance associated with any diagnostic colonoscopy. You can also talk with your Medicare representative for more details.

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Congratulations! You’re eligible for a free or reduced-cost colonoscopy. Medicare will pay for one screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer. every 24 months. Under new legislation (as of Jan. 1, 2015), Medicare will now waive the deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia used during screening colonoscopies. (this currently only applies if a polyp is not found during the procedure.)

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Congratulations! You’re eligible for a free or reduced-cost colonoscopy. Medicare will pay for one screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer. every 24 months. Under new legislation (as of Jan. 1, 2015), Medicare will now waive the deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia used during screening colonoscopies. (this currently only applies if a polyp is not found during the procedure.)

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Congratulations! You’re eligible for a free or reduced-cost colonoscopy. Medicare will pay for one screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer. every 10 years. Under new legislation (as of Jan. 1, 2015), Medicare will now waive the deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia used during screening colonoscopies. (this currently only applies if a polyp is not found during the procedure.)

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Do you currently have Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms?

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Do you have a personal history of polyps or colon cancer?

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Do you have a first degree relative (parent, siblings, or children) with a history or polyps or colon cancer?

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You will most likely require a diagnostic colonoscopyA colonoscopy that is performed in order to explain symptoms is called a diagnostic colonoscopy., which unfortunately disqualifies you from a free screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer.. But GI symptoms should not be taken lightly. Find a gastroenterologist right away to confirm your need for a colonoscopy. Please check with your health insurance provider to verify your specific coverage.

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You will most likely require a diagnostic colonoscopyA colonoscopy that is performed in order to explain symptoms is called a diagnostic colonoscopy., which unfortunately disqualifies you from a free screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer.. However, it is very important that you contact your primary care physician or a qualified gastroenterologist right away to confirm your need for a colonoscopy. Then check with your health insurance provider to verify your specific coverage. Colon cancer is 90 percent preventable with early detection.

Your colonoscopy may be covered for free or at a reduced cost as a “high risk colon cancer screening,” because with a family history, you may need to get screened earlier than age 50. Find a qualified gastroenterologist in your area who can help you find out if you qualify. Also, some insurance providers now waive deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia.

Some private health insurance providers cover the cost of a screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer. as part of preventative healthcare. Contact your health insurance provider to verify your coverage and any conditions that may apply.

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Congratulations! You are eligible for a low-cost or free screening colonoscopyA screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient of screening age, who has no symptoms, in order to detect and remove colon polyps that could lead to cancer.. Some private health insurance providers cover the cost of screening colonoscopy as preventative health care. Also, some insurance providers now waive deductible and co-insurance for anesthesia for screening colonoscopies only. Contact your health insurance provider to verify your coverage and any conditions that may apply.

Find a qualified gastroenterologist in your area today!

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