Medical Specialty >> Oncology

Doctors Lounge - Oncology Answers

Back to Oncology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/21/2017.

Forum Name: Anal Cancer

Question: Blood on toilet Paper

 shnswms - Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:35 am

I am a 23 year old male. I am significantly overweight and have a job that I remain sitting for very long periods of time. I get small spots of blood on my toilet paper occasionally after having a large bowel movement or straining to pass a bowel movement. Sometimes it is itchy following wiping. I often feel a sting when stool passes through into the toilet. My grandmother is a colon cancer survivor (in her 60s) and my mother had a polyp removed awhile back (in her 50s). Does this require further investigation?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:33 am

User avatar Hi shnswms,
Any unusual changes in bowel habits, bleeding etc. would warrant an evaluation by your physician. Some instances when bleeding may occur aside from cancerous conditions are minor trauma of the rectum caused by hard bowel movements, straining during bowel movements, hemorrhoids, etc. You may want to increase your fiber intake, drink plently of fluids, and increase your activity. This should help soften the bowel movements.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us