Can we differentiate between symptoms of haemorrhoids (Piles) and colorectal cancer?

Can we differentiate between symptoms of haemorrhoids (Piles) and colorectal cancer?

05 Jun, 2023

Symptoms of piles (haemorrhoids) and colorectal cancer can sometimes overlap, but there are distinct differences that can help differentiate between the two conditions.

Symptoms of Piles (Haemorrhoids)

  • Rectal bleeding: Piles often cause bright red blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement
  • Itching or irritation around the anus
  • Pain or discomfort during bowel movements
  • Swelling or a lump near the anus
  • A feeling of incomplete bowel movement
  • Mucus discharge after bowel movements

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

Symptoms of colorectal cancer vary depending on the stage of the cancer, and site of cancer within the large intestine. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stools that is usually dark or black in colour
  • Persistent changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhoea, constipation
  • Persistent sensation of incomplete emptying of stools
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Iron deficiency anaemia

It is very important to note that above mentioned symptoms can be caused by various conditions, and the presence of these symptoms does not necessarily indicate either piles or colorectal cancer. If you experience persistent or concerning symptoms, it is extremely important to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Clinical examination followed by a colonoscopy  needed would help establish the diagnosis and decide further treatment.

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