No. 12 - Blood Where It Shouldn't Be (Blood in Sputum, Stool or Urine)
"'Anytime you see blood coming from a body part where you've never
seen it before, see a doctor,' Lichtenfeld says. 'If you start coughing or spitting up blood, have blood in the bowel, or blood in the urine,
it's time for a doctor visit.'
Dr. Mishori says it's a mistake to assume blood in the stool
is simply from a hemorrhoid. "It could be colon cancer," he says.
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms. If there
is blood in the stool, the doctor may also order tests such as a
colonoscopy, which is an examination of the colon using a long flexible
tube with a camera on one end. The purpose of a colonoscopy is to
identify any signs of cancer or precancer or to identify what else
might be causing the bleeding. If there is blood in the urine, other
tests such as bladder cystoscopy (tube used to examine urinary tissue)
and tissue biopsy may be done. Blood in the sputum may occur from
many non-cancerous causes; however, several types of cancers (for
example, lung, esophageal, oral) may also produce bloody sputum.
Your doctor can help diagnose the underlying cause of bloody sputum
with tests and in consultation with specialists." *