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Rectal Bleeding

It is not uncommon to have some bleeding from time to time from the rectum/anus. Often the cause is not serious, however it may be the symptom of something more serious, which is why it is always important to have any rectal bleeding checked by your doctor.

An examination (normally a colonoscopy) will determine the likely cause of the bleeding.

The most common causes of rectal bleeding are:

More common causes

  • Anal fissure.
  • Haemorrhoids.
  • Polyps.

Less common causes

  • Bowel cancer
  • Diverticular disease.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease.